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UNLIKELY ARTSPACE New collective adds to Garden City’s artistic side FOOD 34
GOING NATIVE The tedious task of stocking local menus with local food
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NOTE BW TAKES HOME PRESS CLUB AWARDS On May 7, members of the Idaho Press Club gathered for the annual awards banquet held by the statewide journalists’ organization. Here’s a rundown of Boise Weekly’s awards. Competing against all television, radio and newspaper outlets across the state: - First, Best Use of Social Media - First, Online Only Program for “Scenes from a Scene” Competing against other weeklies in the state: - First, General Excellence, tie with Idaho Mountain Express - First, Website General Excellence for boiseweekly.com - First, General News Story for George Prentice’s “Promises, Promises” - First, Watchdog/Investigative Report for Scott Weaver’s “Cow Country” - Second, Watchdog/Investigative Report for Jody May-Chang’s “Exporting Homophobia” - First, Serious Feature Report for George Prentice’s “Halfway to Hell” - Second, Serious Feature Report for Carissa Wolf’s “We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby - Or Have We?” - First, Arts and Entertainment Reporting for Tara Morgan’s “State of the Art” - First, Political Reporting for Zach Hagadone’s “Curiouser and Curiouser” - Third, Business Reporting for Zach Hagadone’s “Hard Times in the Hinterland” - First, Environmental Reporting for Deanna Darr’s “Predator and Prey” - Second, Rookie of the Year for New Media Czar Josh Gross Congratulations not only to those reporters named here but to the editorial staff as a whole. The six people who work beside me full time in BW’s newsroom work hard every day to put together award-winning material, and I’m very grateful to each of them for what is, apparently, their inexhaustible dedication. Thanks also to the roster of freelancer writers on whom we regularly rely. Your enterprise and talent undoubtedly help make us better at what we do. —Rachael Daigle
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FIVE-FINGERED DISCOUNT NOT SO COOL Last week’s Modern Art event was—yet again—a smashing good time but one artist walked away a bit miffed. Painter Dick Lee had a piece of work taken from his room by a sticky-ﬁngered art lover. Get the stor y at Cobweb.
PO-PO TO THE PEOPLE: NO DANCING WITH MARY JANE Idaho is surrounded by states that allow medical marijuana, and now police in Eastern Idaho have seen an uptick in drug offenses as MMJ from Montana makes its way into Idaho.
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BW’S AWARD-WINNING WAYS Scenes from a Scene—BW’s video series chronicling the local music scene—won one of BW’s 10 ﬁrst-place awards (14 awards in all) at the Idaho Press Club awards last week. Read more on Page 3 or waste time wandering BW video-land to see what else we’ve been up to with our cameras. Visit video.boiseweekly.com.
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Regarding “Condom Chatter” (BW, Opinion, April 27, 2011): In addition to the comments of Steven Scanlin of the Board of Health, I commend you for inserting a condom in the Boise Weekly. A long time ago (1970s), I spent several years as a public health nurse for physicians who were studying the acquisition and transmission of sexually transmitted infections in the Seattle area. There already was much information about syphilis and gonorrhea but some of the characteristics of other sexually transmitted diseases had not yet been developed. The cooperation of those providers of their blood samples, cultures of parts of their body, and information about factors in transmission of the organisms provided valuable data that could lead to control of infections. Some of the data conﬁrmed what was already known. Some of the information provided new understanding of the characteristics of the who, what, when, where and why some people had symptoms and some did not. After exposure, some people grew the organism(s) and some did not. It would be wonderful if there could be vaccines that would stop all of these infections. We are not there yet. Condoms are still very much needed—both male and female condoms. Maybe someday we won’t need condoms, but that “someday” has not yet happened. Boise Weekly, thank you for providing the reminder that condoms are needed and providing one to help people (users and nonusers) realize their importance. —Joanne B. Anderson, Twin Falls
Several readers sent in commentary about the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. Due to the length of the submissions, they are not included in their entirety here. Visit boiseweekly.com and click on Opinion for the full versions. Ellipses (...) indicate omitted text. ... And now it’s been 10 years. My entire adult life. Every major milestone I’ve passed on my own has been on his watch. Saying his existence, along with what he stood for, “deﬁned a generation” is an understatement. It has altered every generation on the planet, and it has deﬁned the lives of every American born since Sept. 12, 2001 ... Our trajectory for the next century was established by his actions and guided by the following pursuit. Presidents have been chosen because of him. People have killed and people have died because of him. The relationships of global religions will be forever changed because of him. ... For me, this is the end of the pervasive fear that lurked in the back of my mind for more than a third of my life. A fear that wasn’t always noticeable and wasn’t always apparent. But it was there. It was there because it was the “new normal.” But not anymore. At least not for now. And that feels pretty good. —Brian Rich, Boise Almost 10 years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden is dead. The news found me this week as I ﬁnished tagging online documents with metadata for a monolithic hi-tech client. It’s mundane work and brought me back to Sept. 11, 2001,
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when I set out to complete another mundane task: to paint an old dresser a fresh yellow. I lived in New York City—more speciﬁcally, in Astoria, Queens, just across the East River from Manhattan—and, instead of painting, from my rooftop I watched the Twin Towers fall, one by one. (More accurately, I watched them fall on CNN, only to run back up to the roof to conﬁrm that indeed they were gone.) Even though I was there, witnessing the event with my own eyes, I told myself it was happening over there, across the river (or on TV), away from me, to other people. And that’s how I dealt with the trauma of the greatest tragedy to happen on American soil: with a hefty sense of separation. ... And then, the news arrives: Obama has killed Osama. As an isolated event, this is not good news: another killing, more death, revenge. But it’s not an isolated event; it’s a cap to a catastrophe that scarred America. And despite my differences with so many of my fellow citizens, I am an American. ... I’m smart enough to know that the end of Bin Laden isn’t the end of militant extremism. One bullet won’t stop the war. Or bring back those who perished in 9/11. Even though I know that killing people doesn’t stop people from killing, I’m happy we got him. —Hollis Welsh, Boise
CORRECTION In the May 4 story on Wicked, “The Wonderful Witches of Oz,” we incorrectly matched actress to witch. Natalie Daradich plays Glinda the Good Witch and Anne Brummel plays the part of Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West. Also, for a correction to last week’s news piece, “Convention and Visitors Bureau Broke Rules of Incorporation,” please see Page 10. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
What community does VanderSloot speak for? Frank VanderSloot is spending a lot of money to get into your heads, neighbors. A week ago, another of his full-page ads showed up in The Idaho Statesman. VanderSloot’s name doesn’t actually appear in the ad, but the ﬁrst words on the page are “Paid for by Melaleuca,” that being his Idaho Falls-based company. Melaleuca makes products said to be good for your health then markets them in the Amway fashion. You know … the pyramid fashion. One thing is clear about Melaleuca products: They are very good for the health of VanderSloot’s bank account. He’s one of the richest men in Idaho. This most recent ad makes three that have appeared since January, all extolling the wondrous results we Idahoans will see if only we chug deeply from the Tom Luna education-reform keg. However, this latest is an obvious attempt to convince Idahoans to not participate in the citizens’ effort to recall Luna and rescind his sneaky deeds. The reforms have been passed by our bootlicking Legislature and signed into law by Hopalong Otter, so what other purpose would it serve? VanderSloot’s ads are always titled “The Community Page,” I suppose to imply that his intentions are to beneﬁt our community. However, his ideal community evidently doesn’t include the Idaho Education Association. There is, in fact, a palpable disdain for the IEA written into the ad, as nowhere in the text does it even name the most vocal and organized opposition to the Luna scheme. Instead, the text speaks only of “The Teachers Union” [sic], capitalized and formal, as though there really were an organization in Idaho with such a name, and that we will recoil instinctively from the horror of a common purpose. The rest of the page is mostly a comparison between what we have in our schools now, and what we would have under Luna’s ﬂimﬂam. I assume if VanderSloot didn’t write the ad, he approved what was written, and after reading the whole thing, we can only pray that this rich, rich man doesn’t treat his employees at Melaleuca like he would have us treat our education professionals. As you remember, it was in the heat of the debate over these reforms that VanderSloot sponsored the ﬁrst two ads, and those ads got a relative pass compared to the controversy ignited by the ads from the Albertson Foundation. The imbalance of attention was because we learned that the same foundation poobahs who were pushing so hard for the reforms were also heavily invested ﬁnancially in the outcome. The thinking was, I believe, that the Albertson Foundation was viewed (prior to this controversy) as a strictly charitable institution, not a clot of conniving lobbyists. And it was unseemly—to say the least—that individuals running that charity WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
stood to proﬁt with the enactment of something they were endorsing. But no such revelations came out about VanderSloot and whether he might have ulterior motives for being so interested in the matter. But with his latest attack on the IEA and other citizens who dare involve themselves in state business by petitioning their leaders, I feel it’s important we take a closer look at this man. VanderSloot’s political leanings are wellknown. He’s a conservative’s conservative, in that he’s wealthy enough to throw gobs of money into his own extremist interests and then buy his way out of any legal troubles he incurs. He seems particularly fond of collecting Idaho Supreme Court justices. During judicial races in 2000, 2006 and 2010, VanderSloot poured tens of thousands of dollars into the campaigns of his preferred candidates, mostly from within a maze of phony cover groups with names like “Citizens for Common Sense” and “Concerned Citizens for Family Values.” As often as not, VanderSloot was the only contributor to these bullshit “citizen’s coalitions,” and on at least two occasions he violated Idaho’s sunshine laws by hiding his involvement behind those coalitions. However, paying the ﬁne for such violations is no problem for VanderSloot and appears simply to be a cost of him doing business. Like many conservatives VanderSloot often has a problem with the way the news gets reported or even that it is reported. In 2005 he went to war with the Idaho Falls Post Register over a series they ran exposing how a known serial pedophile was repeatedly allowed to return to a capacity in the local council of the Boy Scouts of America that allowed him contact with Boy Scouts. In his crusade against the newspaper, VanderSloot may well have been following the lead of his church brethren, as local LDS leaders were vociferously critical of the paper for pulling open the tent ﬂaps ... as it were ... on an exceedingly Mormon operation. Yet not even the LDS opposition to the exposure could match VanderSloot’s in ferocity. In all, VanderSloot whipped out six full-page ads—all of them under that same cloying title, “The Community Page”—attacking the very publication that ran them. In one of those ads, he devoted several paragraphs to establishing that the lead reporter on the pedophile series is gay, as though being gay disqualiﬁed a reporter from investigating child abuse. This is the man who’s trying to get into your heads, fellow Idahoans. As for me, whatever his idea of “community” is, I want no part of it. (Don’t forget rejectthelunalaws.com and recalltomluna.org. That’s where you go to sign the petitions VanderSloot doesn’t want you to sign.)
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United States gave Bin Laden his martyrdom NEW YORK—The assassination of Osama Bin Laden was masterfully orchestrated to appeal to American media consumers. But it will play poorly overseas. It was a success for President Barack Obama, certainly. He’ll see a much-needed bump in the polls. But it won’t last. The CIA’s ballyhooed Bin Laden takedown couldn’t have been handled any worse. The War on Terror, if it ever existed, is a war for the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of Muslims. “Bin Laden wanted to die as a martyr. In this sense, his wish was obliged,” notes Stephen Diamond in Psychology Today. Nothing was more important to Bin Laden than to be seen as a soldier in a clash of civilizations. Claims that he hardly saw combat during the anti-Soviet resistance of the 1980s hurt him. The son of a Saudi billionaire and a mother’s boy, he wanted to prove himself. Thanks to Navy Seals, his status as a martyr is assured. To Islamist groups, the United States and the West are enemy No. 2. Their biggest foe is pro-American Muslim dictators and autocrats. As with most actions carried out by small terrorist groups against superior enemies, the operations attributed to Bin Laden were intended to provoke the United States into overreacting, exposing it as the monster he said it was. The invasions of two Muslim countries, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and the secret prisons ﬁt into Bin Laden’s narrative. Everything about Bin Laden’s killing squares with the jihadi narrative. The operation violated the sovereignty of a Muslim country, a constant complaint of radical jihadis. Armed commandos invaded Pakistan.
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Inﬁdel soldiers shot up a house and crashed a helicopter down the street from a military academy. Pakistanis see American drone planes buzzing overhead and missiles blow up houses indiscriminately. Taking out Bin Laden without asking Pakistan for permission is an act of war to which the country’s poverty permits no response. Much will be made of the disrespectful treatment of Bin Laden’s body. In an echo of George W. Bush’s selection of Guantanamo as an extraterritorial no man’s land, the Obama administration claimed that it buried Bin Laden at sea because no country would accept his body within the required 24 hours after death and to avoid his grave would becoming a shrine. However, Bin Laden’s Wahhabi sect allows neither shrines nor burial at sea. But it will inﬂame Muslim purists. Worse than that, dumping Bin Laden into the ocean feeds an image the United States would be smart to shake: a superpower hell-bent on occupying Muslim lands, stealing their oil and trashing their religion. Islam teaches combatants to respect their enemies. The death of an opponent is tragic but never trivial. A vanquished enemy should be dispatched quickly, presumably to be chastised by Allah in the afterlife, but he is never to be mocked. A Muslim should not enjoy war or combat, nor gloat when victorious. When the powerful crush the weak, as was the case with the killing of Bin Laden, dancing around makes one look small. It also makes us look dumb. As anyone knows, the worst thing that could have happened to Bin Laden would have been arrest followed by a fair trial.
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In the May 4 edition of Boise Weekly, when BW reported that Lisa Edens, senior sales manager of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, broke BCVB rules by endorsing Greater Boise Auditorium District candidates Steve Schmader and Mike Sullivan, we were incorrect. We regret the error. We reported that Edens violated the bureau’s articles of incorporation by endorsing candidates for the Tuesday, May 17, GBAD election. As part of its 1985 Purposes, Powers and Philosophy, BCVB said it would not participate in political campaigns. However, the bureau amended its articles of incorporation in 1992 and more recently amended its operating bylaws concerning elections. According to BCVB Board Chairman George Manning, the organization updated its bylaws to state: “No activity shall be performed by the bureau to facilitate the transaction of unrelated private business by its members or to promote civic or political interests apart from those of the bureau.” In an interview with BW, Edens said in her 21 years of working at the bureau, she had never previously sent an endorsement letter. “But [Schmader and Sullivan] understand what we do,” said Edens. “And they have a plan to get us money right away. That was my motivation.” Edens said it was easier to send out the letter via her BCVB email account, using her work and personal contacts, to forward it to approximately 50 individuals. “I didn’t think anything was wrong with it,” said Edens. “I know that [Schmader and Sullivan] will turn the funding on right away, because we can’t even pay the phone bill. That’s really what it has come down to.” When asked for her assessment of how BCVB’s working relationship with GBAD deteriorated (see accompanying story this page), Edens referred to what she called her “three Ps.” “It’s personalities, power and politics,” said Edens. “Honest to God, it just blows me away. Because of personalities, they can just destroy an entire organization. It’s sad.” According to Edens, when the GBAD board voted 3-2 last July to cut off $1.3 million to the bureau, it wasn’t a bad audit report or legal interpretation that ended the funding but rather a clash of personalities. BCVB has not ofﬁcially endorsed a candidate and Edens’ letter represents personal support. Edens said when she crafted her endorsement letter, she “took bits and pieces of other endorsements” that she had seen, promoting the same candidates. She also conﬁrmed that other BCVB workers sent out similar endorsements, promoting Schmader and Sullivan. Edens said that no matter the outcome of the May 17 election, she took comfort in “doing what I knew was the right thing.”
GBAD Future of economic engine hangs in the balance GEORGE PRENTICE Tuesday, May 17, will mark the ﬁrst Greater Boise Auditorium District board election in eight years—the previous three elections have been canceled because no one challenged incumbents. This year’s runoff also boasts the most candidates on the ballot in 18 years. Yet the traditional voter turnout in a GBAD election has been dismal, averaging 2,104 in ﬁve elections since 1991. One runoff, in 1995, had as few as 211 total votes. Only 591 total votes were counted in 1991. The Ada County Board of Elections reports that there are 122,102 registered voters in the GBAD district, which stretches as far east as Harris Ranch and as far west as Eagle Road.
CONSIDER THE STAKES UÊÃÊvÊ`>ÀÃÊyÜÊÌÊ Êi>V Ê year. The district is unique in that it is among the only Idaho entities exercising taxing authority (a 5 percent hotel room levy). GBAD is currently sitting on more than $10 million in reserve revenue. UÊ ÊÜÃÊ>`Ê«iÀ>ÌiÃÊÌ iÊ ÃiÊ iÌÀiÊ and a ﬁve-acre vacant block bordered by Front, Myrtle, 11th and 13th streets. An ongoing debate pits those who think the $10 million should be used to expand the Boise Centre vs. those who think the money should be spent as part of building a larger facility between 11th and 13th streets. UÊ Ãi½ÃÊVÛiÌÊ>`ÊiiÌ}Ê`ÕÃÌÀÞÊ >ÃÊ been a major economic engine for the region and practically recession-proof. In a recent study by Boise State, 28 conventions booked into the Boise Centre by the Boise Convention and Visitor’s Bureau over a 12-month period pumped approximately $31 million into the Treasure Valley economy. UÊ Ê >Ã]ÊvÊ>Ìi]ÊLiiÊ`ii«ÞÊ`Û`i`ÊÊ 3-2 votes, with board members Stephanie Astorquia, Mike Wilson and Stephenson Youngerman facing off with Mike Fitzgerald and Gail May. The division climaxed with last summer’s decision to cut off approximately $1.3 million to BCVB, which had, for nearly 30 years, promoted Boise as a destination for visitors of events. UÊ ÊÃÊ`Õ«V>Ì}ÊÌ iÊivvÀÌÃÊvÊ 6 °Ê Since cutting off the bureau’s funding, GBAD hired away ﬁve bureau employees to help attract conventions and meetings to the Boise Centre. But at the April 28 Springtime Expo held in Washington, D.C., 1,000 of the nation’s top convention planners might have done a double-take if they walked by the BCVB booth promoting Boise, only to pass another booth, one aisle over, with GBAD personnel also promoting Boise.
Created in 1959, the GBAD district is bordered to the north by Floating Feather Road, to the south by Lake Hazel Road, to the east by Harris Ranch and to the west by Eagle Road.
CONSIDER THE CANDIDATES Wilson and Yougerman’s terms on the GBAD board are about to expire. Wilson is retiring and Youngerman is running for reelection. Therefore the board will change by at least one member, possibly two. Former BCVB board member Steve Schmader and Michael Sullivan—a retired meeting and event planner—have told anyone who will listen that they would return funding to BCVB within days of being elected. Schmader and Sullivan have secured personal endorsements from bureau volunteers and a group calling itself Save the Travel and Tourism Industry-Boise. Former BCVB board member David Wali and Hy Kloc—former development director for Boise State Public Radio—have also indicated, though not as ﬁrmly, that they favor funding the bureau. The pair has secured an endorsement from Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. That leaves candidates Judy Peavey-Derr— a former Ada County commissioner—and Youngerman, an 18-year veteran of the GBAD board. The two have positioned election signs alongside one another throughout the Boise area and share radio ads promoting their campaigns. Neither is anxious to fund the bureau in its current form.
CONSIDER THE DYSFUNCTION When the GBAD board voted 3-2 on July 22, 2010, Astorquia, Wilson and Youngerman pointed to an audit that, while not alleging fraud, theft or mismanagement, said BCVB needed more oversight of expenses with company credit cards. BCVB Board Chairman George Manning said the audit was “sensationalized” by the three GBAD board members.
“The audit revealed potential issues, not real ones,” said Manning. “They didn’t ﬁnd anything wrong, but once the die was cast, everybody continued to go back to that issue. For anyone else to air our laundry publicly is inappropriate.” Manning said the audit was never the real reason for the 3-2 vote to defund BCVB. “It was personal,” said Manning. “Those matters became public through, let’s just say, less-than-friendly sources.” “It’s personal,” echoed BCVB Executive Director Bobbie Patterson. “You may be against the concept of an auditorium district or even against the room tax. But opposing an organization like the bureau that promotes the city? It’s personal.” “I have sat in meetings where it was told to me that if Bobbie were to leave, resuming the funding would be considered,” said Manning. “It’s been that point-blank at times. Now tell me that’s not personal.” Patterson has stymied her critics by keeping BCVB’s doors open. Even after being evicted from their previous ofﬁces by GBAD, management at Boise’s Owyhee Plaza Hotel offered the bureau a new home. Patterson and six colleagues have worked for eight months without compensation. “Honestly, we don’t know how to close our doors,” said Patterson. “We have too many customers and pending conventions counting on us.” Manning, Patterson, board members of both BCVB and GBAD, and each candidate running for ofﬁce on May 17 all acknowledge that something has to change and, indeed, too much is at stake. Polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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DOUG OKUNIEWICZ At the starting gate of racing season GEORGE PRENTICE
You come to this operation as an employee of the Greene Group. It’s a privately held company, made up of a handful of principals with diverse businesses. They have community banks in Alabama, a catﬁsh farming and processing company, a concrete mix company and a number of race tracks. Will this be the Greene Group’s biggest track operation? I think it will be our largest horse racing operation. We have a large greyhound track in La Marque, Texas, and another in Corpus Christi, Texas. Many people here may know that we operate a track in Post Falls, Idaho. Currently, there is no racing there, but we operate a simulcast operation. How many people will be working at Les Bois on a live racing night? My best guess is that we’ll have 70-85 employees working as parimutuel tellers, concessionaires and the general track operations. What are the basic terms of your agreement with Ada County?
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$75,000 per year for ﬁve years, plus .25 percent of the live and simulcast handle in excess of $10 million per year.
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Doug Okuniewicz is the new man holding the reigns at Les Bois Park. As general manager of the operation, he will oversee the Treasure Valley’s ﬁrst thoroughbred racing in three years, when the ponies return, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 2. The clubhouse’s simulcast facility opens sooner, with a target date of Wednesday, June 1. The new track leaseholder, Treasure Valley Racing, is comprised of Idahoans Harry Bettis, Jim Grigsby, Robert Rebholtz, Larry Williams and Linda Yanke, in addition to a 50 percent ownership by the Alabama-based Greene Group.
Remind us what a handle is. It’s a literal term. It’s how much money is handled in parimutuel wagering. It’s our understanding that your live racing season is targeting July 2 as an opening day for a 15-day season, with races on Wednesdays and Saturdays and some special holiday racing. Does that season still have to be approved? It does, but we don’t see any problem getting an OK from the Idaho Racing Commission. [IRC has tentatively set a meeting for May 25.] And you have all your agreements in place with the Idaho Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association? Yes. The day after we secured our lease with the county, we sat down with the IHBPA and struck a deal. You’re targeting a June 1 opening date for a simulcasting operation in your clubhouse. Do you have your liquor license? We’re hopeful. We’re working with the [Alcohol Beverage Control] folks to get our people ﬁngerprinted and all of our operations approved. [Editor’s note: ABC conﬁrmed that it had received TVR’s new liquor license application on May 5.] In all honesty, this facility doesn’t look like it’s anywhere near a turnkey operation. It was more or less gutted after the last operator. We’ve had some vandalism. We’re working at mach speed.
We heard that copper wiring had disappeared and that there was no starting gate. The old operator might have had permission to take certain things out. We had a difﬁcult time determining who owned what at the time of their departure. But we’re putting in new wiring, and we’ve leased a new starting gate. How is the quality of the track? It has to be soft enough and ﬁrm enough at the same time. A horse has to be able to run on it effectively without being injured. We had samples taken and sent off to an expert. We know we have to make it compositionally ideal. What are your start-up costs? Just to get things going, we’re already close to $180,000. It’s a chunk of coin. What are some of your biggest expenses? We’ve easily spent $40,000 just on new ﬂat screen televisions. When do the horses arrive? We’re shooting for May 14. They should be able to use the track a short time after. Will you be able to exhale on your ﬁrst live racing day? Probably not. But I can tell you that there’s going to be a huge amount of relief, because we will have crossed the ﬁnish line.
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here are some talks that most families are just never going to have, like the one in which you sit down with your children and ask them if they would like to spend the next three years exercising every day, not living in a house and occasionally being miles from people who even speak your language. Admittedly, most people would never even imagine having that conversation, but most people arenâ€™t like the Vogels, a Boise family of four who spent three years riding bicycles from the northern coastline of Alaska to the southern tip of South America. â€œWhen the kids were 8, we sat them down and asked if they would like to go on a long trip,â€? said Nancy Vogel. â€œAnd to our surprise, they said, â€˜Yes.â€™â€? Fortunately, John and Nancy Vogel were old hands at bike touring, and the family was already cycling regularly for fun and exercise. â€œWe knew exactly what we needed, and we knew exactly what the kids needed,â€? said John. They already owned most of the necessary equipment, though the trip would require a new tandem bicycle to accommodate their twin sons, David and Daryl. But the trip could have been a lot more expensive if the family hadnâ€™t attracted the sponsorship of companies like BOB Trailers and Ortlieb. BOB Trailersâ€”which relocated to Boise from California three years agoâ€”makes rugged strollers and one-ofa-kind bike trailers, which reduced the need to carry gear in panniers (a fancy French term for saddlebags). Ortlieb is a German manufacturer of rugged, waterproof bags and panniers speciďŹ cally designed to take a beating on trips like the Vogelâ€™s. Son David actually outgrew his bike while they were on the trip. â€œHe grew a good foot in eight to nine months,â€? John said laughing. Considering the boys celebrated their 11th, 12th and 13th birthdays during the trip, itâ€™s a wonder they didnâ€™t outgrow everything. Thereâ€™s something about long-distance bike touring. Maybe itâ€™s the romance of the open road, the freedom to go ride in any direction, or the hailstorm bearing down on you from behind. Except for that last part, thousands of people excitedly embark annually to ride every which way and through about every corner of the world. Dave Fotsch, a former broadcaster who now serves as the public information ofďŹ cer for the Ada County Health District, has quite a few roadtrips under his belt. It started with a 4,000-mile ride in 1987 with a friend from Milwaukee to Southern California. They saved up for months, quit their jobs, moved out of their apartments and hit the road for four months. It could have been a shorter trip, if not for the factors that determined their route. â€œWe choose the route largely by where we had friends and relatives because we could scam on them for food and beer,â€? said Fotsch, half joking. Itâ€™s hard to imagine today, but the two made the trip on a budget of $5 a dayâ€”for both of them. The trip must have been a rewarding experience, at least judging by Fotschâ€™s choice to ride the length of the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico years later. Fotsch and his riding partners broke it up into stretches that were conquered over an eight-year period, but that doesnâ€™t take much from the accomplishment. The Great Divide Trail is the longest mapped mountain bike trail in the world, and it is entirely unpaved. This is a trail that crisscrosses the Continental Divide, creating countless opportunities to ride over summits, over and over again. They had to hang food to keep it from grizzlies in Montana, and there were stretches of New Mexico where the next water stop was an open question. Not for the faint. Yet the biggest mishap Fotsch can recall happened in a car on the way home. The bikes were attached to the roof, and he was driving westbound on Interstate 84. But one of the bikes hadnâ€™t been attached 14 quite right. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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“The bike blew off of the car at 70 mph,” Fotsch said. “It was completely destroyed.” By comparison, the Vogels had good fortune on their journey across two continents. There weren’t any terrible accidents on the trip; they weren’t held up by desperados; the water did not deliver Montezuma’s revenge. The worst incident was a stolen GameBoy at the Peru-Ecuador border. The family was sitting next to the bikes eating lunch when it happened. “We must have really run across an expert,” said John. One of the lessons of the Vogels’ experience is that this sort of trip can be much safer than many might think, despite language barriers and cultural differences. There was something about showing up under their own power that seemed to bring out the good nature and generosity of people everywhere. “Most people aren’t thieves,” John said. “From our previous experience, we got pretty good at recognizing potential trouble and avoiding it.” That previous experience goes pretty far back for John and Nancy. In fact, it’s the start of the family’s story. In younger days, before the two had even met, both were planning to take an ambitious ride across Asia on their own. Mutual acquaintances connected them so they could compare notes, and in the process, they decided to accompany one another on a trip that started in Pakistan, then snaked through western China, India and Nepal before ending in Bangkok. The trip lasted a year, after which they ﬂew home and got married. That’s quite a test for a couple, sharing an experience as intense as an epic bike journey through the Himalayas and relying on each other for support and companionship for a year. It’s a test that one already married Boise couple is currently studying hard for. Daren Fluke and Lisa Brady are in the ﬁnal stages of planning an epic journey of their own. Fluke is a regular rider of Foothills trails on his mountain bike, and Brady is a steady bike commuter (and winner of the contest to trade your car for a bike at last summer’s Tour de Fat). Brady’s carefully decorated parade bikes will attest to the couple not ﬁtting any of the spandex-wearing stereotypes of longdistance cyclists. One day last year, Brady learned that her employer—the owner of the Paciﬁc Cataract and Laser Institute—was giving away a tandem bike to anyone who would come and get it. In Alaska. That sparked the sort of imaginative leap she usually funnels into her side business, making jewelry and hula hoops. Brady has a booth at the Hyde Park Fair every year, but her next idea will cause her to miss the 2011 event. The couple claimed the bike and began planning to ride it back to Boise from Anchorage. The 1,500-mile trip starts on July 29 and includes a few legs on ferries through parts of the Inland Passage that are short on roads and bridges. There’s one leg of the trip that’s crucial to making the whole thing work, and it’s 12
Boise Bicycle Project has nothing against Boise Bike Week. Heck, BBP is a part of the celebration. But from Friday, June 10, to Saturday, June 25, it’s kicking off its capital campaign to buy the BBP HQ by staging its own bike festival: Pedal for the People. “It’s different than Boise Bike Week,” said BBP shop manager Amanda Anderson. “We’re not in it to compete with them.” How is it different? For one, anyone can create and submit their own events to the calendar without paying a sponsorship fee. For two, events do not have to be family friendly. BBP is even hoping someone out there will have, ahem, the balls to organize a Boise staging of the world naked bike ride, though they’re hesitant to be the ones to do so. Anderson also feels the two-week time span will give people more opportunity to get involved. This is the same format used for the successful Pedalpalooza festival in Portland, Ore. Events already listed as part of Pedal for the People include the Helladrome bicycle race and pie contest, a velocaching summit, a bike polo tournament, a bike-in movie and a Franken48! contest, in which competitors have 48 hours to build a Frankenbike. Like Boise Bike Week, the festival will conclude with a block party on Eighth Street, featuring live music, beer and food. Events can be submitted to the calendar via boisebicycleproject.org, where BBP staff ensure the events are in fact bikerelated and legal, then post them to the calendar, along with a rating of what ages are appropriate. “We’re pretty open to everything,” Anderson said. And even though it’s less than a month after Boise Bike Week, Anderson thinks people will jump on board. “It’s Boise,” she said. “People love their bikes.” —Josh Gross
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not a leg they will do on the bike. On Aug. 8, they will board the Cross Gulf Ferry in Whittier, Alaska, which will wind along the scenic coastline before dropping them at Prince Rupert, British Columbia. If they miss that ferry, the next one doesn’t leave for two weeks. Indeed, planning for long bike trips is tricky business. You can’t always afford to miss a crucial leg, but, as Fluke put it, “Part of the charm of the trip is not knowing where you are going to go.” After riding the length of Vancouver Island to Victoria, British Columbia, they’ll hop a ferry to Anacortes, Wash. From there, they have mapped out a route eastward as far as the city of Twisp, Wash. But beyond that, the itinerary was left intentionally blank. That sort of cavalier approach would never have worked for Fotsch when he was straddling the Continental Divide on a mountain bike. The route was remote by design, so the group had to put a lot of thought into where they would ﬁnd water, food and fuel. Improvising in the southern desert could be deadly. Still the desire to make decisions on the ﬂy is a common thread among many cyclists who head out on long journeys. The Vogels claim they didn’t do any route planning for their three-year trip, a lesson they had gleaned from previous adventures. “When we get to an intersection, we just ﬁgure it out,” John said. 17 There was one huge exception but it had to do with more than
Back in early 2010, the City of Boise enacted a series of new laws aimed at cutting down the number of bike-vehicle accidents after three cyclists were killed during the summer of 2009. But have those laws actually made a difference? The answer is a deﬁnitive maybe. As adopted by the Boise City Council, vehicles must give three feet of clearance to bikes when passing; bikers can use any lane as long as they are going with the ﬂow of trafﬁc; bikers can only ride on the sidewalk when it’s safe, must give an audible warning to pedestrians and can’t dodge into trafﬁc; and any form of harassment of bikers is illegal. According to the Boise Police Department, bicycle accidents were down by 9.6 percent last year compared to 2009, as was the number of citations written to bicyclists (79 compared to 134 in 2009). But the raw numbers don’t tell the whole story. Lynn Hightower, spokesperson for BPD said the department began tracking more bike incidents in 2009, which means the number of citations in the last two years is higher than in prior years. According to department statistics, of the 79 total citations in 2010, 22 were issued for failure to have a light and a reﬂector while riding at night, an additional 17 were for not having required bicycle equipment, and 11 were for failure to exercise due care (or reckless biking). Another handful of citations were written for failing to stop, incorrect position on the highway, riding against trafﬁc and failing to yield a sidewalk to pedestrians. The good news is that there were no fatal bike-vehicle accidents in 2010, and the number of incapacitating injury and possibleinjury accidents declined as well (from 18 to 16 and from 62 to 46, respectfully). But, the number of non-incapacitating injury accidents increased from 62 to 65, while property damage accidents increased from one in 2009 to ﬁve last year. Overall though, total bicycle accidents declined from 146 to 132 in 2010. While the results are mixed, it’s still best to mind your Ps and Qs on the road, regardless of what you’re driving. —Deanna Darr
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Boise is bike-heavy. Wandering downtown or in the North End, you can’t help but notice: This city likes its bikes. But Boise’s is a different sort of love affair than other bike-friendly American cities. In New York there are tons of bikes. Messenger bikes weave through snarled trafﬁc like greased pigs. Delivery boys on beat-up town bikes wrapped in chains carry pizzas all over town and blend into the bustle. But in Boise, bicycles serve more abstract purposes. Our bikes are self-consciously styled. “Two different people on two different cruisers who didn’t know each other pull up next to each other and talk about their bikes,” said Jonny Fuego, owner of C&C Bikes and one of Boise’s premier custom cruiser builders. “I sit and listen to them in Hyde Park. It’s almost a status symbol in the North End.” The hip among us don’t often stop their stylish ways at bikes. “Boise’s North End older homes—people take care of them,” Fuego said. “They don’t just slap ’em up. They were built with pride and have a certain heritage about them. People won’t tear them down but will remodel them with fresh new colors and fresh new style. It’s the same way with their bikes. I make people cruisers, in some cases, based on their house. They have a blue house, they want a blue bike.” For most of the world, a bicycle is a utilitarian device. And they have been that way more or less from their inception. You’ve got your frame, your wheels and your handlebars. And once somebody added foot pedals to the Flintstoneish prototypes 200 years ago, little else has changed all that much. The humble bicycle did evolve, but the innovations and remodels of the past two centuries were made mostly for increased functionality. In rainy London, fenders were introduced to keep the businessman’s cuffs dry. Lighter frames
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and ergonomic seats helped speed the racer along the velodrome at ever higher speeds. More recently, nubby tires and springy suspensions guide our mountain bikes over nature’s sticks and stones. But sometime in the early 20th century, some crafty American designers looked disapprovingly at a standard-issue bicycle and said, “This thing needs some style.” Enter the cruiser. The cruiser bike was the product of a comfortable and creative society. Getting from Point A to Point B was ﬁne for the rest of the world, but prewar American designers saw an opportunity for something better. As early as 1916, the Hendee Indian featured a ﬂared fender skirt and a fauxgas tank, giving an otherwise workmanlike bike a touch of the motorcycle’s cachet. By the time the 1938 Schwinn Cantilevered Autocycle came around, bike designers were in full Art Deco thrall. These were objects of sublime design, coveted, cherished and marketed to enthusiastic customers. And then they went away. With the advent of the mass-produced automobile and the suburban car culture of the 1950s, elegant riding bicycles became little more than curios and collector items for nostalgic connoisseurs. For 30 years or more, cycling was a fragmented pastime. The average American adult looking to buy a bike in the mid-’80s better have had a speciﬁc reason. BMX bikes were for dirt-biking tricksters, road bikes for ﬁtness junkies and Schwinn Sting-Rays for neighborhood kids. As the highways and connectors brought our expansive country closer together, the most basic tool for simply getting people around town ironically vanished. Today, things are different. It took us awhile to get here, and while America’s car culture isn’t about to be overtaken by mad-cycling hordes, cyclophiles can be pretty stoked about the 21st century’s bike resurrection. In 2000, the recre-
ational cruiser was on its way back in mountain and beach towns from Idaho to Florida. Now, a decade later, bike commuting is a practical and productive practice for just about anyone looking to save gas money, cut carbon emissions and get healthy. Pleasant bike commutes on tree-lined streets are a luxury that Boiseans take for granted. Starting the day with that wind-in-yourhair, body-working experience is good for you in ways that the average American’s work commute can’t compare. In 2004, two Swiss economists published a study to prove it. Alois Stutzer and Bruno Frey explored why commuting is one of the most soulcrushing activities known to mankind and why so many people do it anyway. How do so many people decide on something so obviously detrimental to their happiness and well-being? They called it “The Commuting Paradox,” and showed that people will accept a longer commute if it’s counterbalanced by a higher salary or a bigger home. In the end, the bargain is false; the house always wins. As greater Boise spreads westward, like ants colonizing a picnic, work commutes upward of an hour are no longer unusual. The debate over how to manage sprawling growth and plans (or the lack thereof) for a commuter rail system will likely be politicized to no one’s beneﬁt (except the politicians). But for those lucky enough to live within biking distance from the ofﬁce, there’s never been a better time to celebrate the choices that led them there. Modern lives are complicated and harried. The cruiser bike wants to make a deal: get out of your car, get on the saddle and rediscover the free-rolling freedom of a simple bike ride. —Michael Ames is the co-author of the book Cruisers. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
geography. It involved math, English, social studies and a number of other subjects for a pair of middleschool students. The Vogels are teachers when they aren’t pedaling and home-schooled their kids throughout the trip. It’s quite a twist on the “home” part, but it did require them to pack along large textbooks and a notebook computer, which created the need for a solar charger. Those volumes added a lot of weight, especially on a bike when every pound counts, but they found the educational atmosphere to be richer than they had anticipated. “What we learned is that the kids are excellent learners,” John said. “They were interested in everything. There was something about bicycling that sparked their imagination.” The proof came after they had arrived home. The boys were enrolled in the Treasure Valley School of Math and Science, which attracts some of the brightest students in the valley. They got back just in time to take the standardized ISAT and scored in a very advanced range for math. The bulk of several large math textbooks seemed to be worth the weight. Riding long distances with that much gear isn’t for everyone, but there is an option for people who want to take long bike tours for the scenery as much as the
accomplishment. Supported rides are common throughout the United States, though the only one in this state is Ride Idaho. Starting and ending in Lowman, this year’s route passes through Stanley before making a clockwise loop through Challis, Arco and Hailey, then returning over Galena Summit and back through Stanley. It’s a popular trip for people visiting the state and roughly two-thirds of this year’s riders live outside Idaho. Riders pay a $675 entry fee for the ride, and for an additional $350, participants get “tent and porter service,” saving a little time and energy that might have been spent setting up and taking down tents and chairs every night. The catch, for those interested, is that this year’s Ride Idaho has long been sold out. But penciling the ride in for next summer leaves plenty of time to get those legs in shape. The nonproﬁt organization that runs Ride Idaho also counts on 50 volunteers to do the hard work of setting up and monitoring the route and nightly camps. The group also tries to contribute to communities along the route, donating playground equipment, bike racks or gear for rural ﬁreﬁghters. Whether you prefer to rough it over the mountaintop or come home to a mint on your sleeping bag, the ﬁrst step in taking a journey like the ones described here is pretty simple. Like Nancy Vogel says, “Do it. Just do it.”
Boise State’s recently enacted policy No. 9010—the verbosely titled “Pedestrian and NonMotorized Wheeled-Transport Safety Policy—is not what some call bike-friendly. The policy demands a “wheels down” zone throughout large areas of the Quad on campus from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Bikers are now met with large signs positioned across campus that gently prod them to dismount, stating that the area is a “pedestrian-priority” zone. Rebel cyclists who choose to ignore the policy risk citations and other disciplinary action, including bike impoundment. The idea to make Boise State’s campus a wheels-down zone isn’t new. It has been kicked around since 2005. So while it may not be a surprise, it is an ironic change considering Boise
State was, earlier this month, recognized by the League of American Bicyclists for “creating exceptional environments where bicycling can thrive.” Even President Bob Kustra remarked on the award: “[Considering] our efforts to promote and support alternative transportation, Boise State is proud to be among those setting an example for the future,” he said. Some argue that this new policy does just the opposite. A recent poll from campus paper The Arbiter revealed that 50 percent of students think the idea “sucks,” while 17 percent of poll-takers said, “I’m riding my bike/longboard/ skateboard anyway.” Let the debate begin.
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THURSDAY-SUNDAY MAY 12-15 rugs DUNIA MARKETPLACE’S ANNUAL ORIENTAL RUG EVENT Go for the cake, stay for the ad world inside scoop.
THURSDAY MAY 12 lecture THREE COURSES + CAKE WITH STEVE HAYDEN In 1984, copywriter Steve Hayden co-created a commercial that would make Don Draper drool. The commercial, a TV ad for Apple, aired during the third quarter of the Super Bowl and featured an Or wellian society destroyed forever by a beautiful blonde. Some saw this as Apple overthrowing Big Brother-companies Microsoft and IBM—others, like George Or well’s estate, saw the commercial as copyright infringement and sued, which took the commercial off the air. But the ad made quite an impression in its short run, winning major awards and remaining in the public consciousness with updates and spinoffs popping up on Futurama and The Daily Show. Because of this and a host of other achievements, Hayden is widely regarded as one of the most important advertising ﬁgures in the last 50 years. Now the vice chairman and chief creative ofﬁcer for ad agency Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide, Hayden is bringing his vast advertising experience to Boise. For one afternoon only, Hayden will give a presentation to the public and members of the Boise Advertising Federation with a three-course lunch and cake, catered by Open Table. Hayden will discuss his great successes and varied career, hopefully sharing some of his secrets. And, if you’re lucky, Hayden may do his best “Hello Moto” recreation: He is, after all, the voice. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $18-$25. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com. For more information, visit boiseadfed.org.
SATURDAY MAY 14 bikes RIDE AND SEEK: A FUNDRAISER FOR BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT Boise Bicycle Project is
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helps to keep money local, often partnering with local businesses to raise money. BBP truly believes that Boise, through community participation, can become a thriving bike community. Now it’s your turn to give back. Love bikes? Think you can ride the fastest? Got eyes like a hawk? Well, prove it. On Saturday, May
In August 2010, severe ﬂooding ravaged Pakistan, covering one-ﬁfth of the country’s landmass, killing more than 1,600 people and displacing 20 million Pakistanis, or 12 percent of the population. But after an initial surge of international news coverage, the issue has slowly ﬂoated out of most Westerners’ minds. Boise’s Dunia Marketplace hopes to change that. It has partnered with Bunyaad, a fair-trade artisan group from Pakistan, for its annual Oriental Rug Event. According to Dunia Marketplace’s website: “Bunyaad, meaning ‘foundation’ in Urdu, provides such a foundation for rug artisans by paying them a living wage to knot heirloom-quality rugs on looms set within their homes. This gives men and women equal opportunity for year-round stable employment that allows them to support their families, send their children to school and plan for the future.” The event runs from Thursday, May 12, through Sunday, May 15, and will feature approximately 300 handmade Pakistani rugs. For those looking for more information on Oriental rugs before making the investment, Dunia Marketplace will also host an educational seminar on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. “Every rug sold at this event will directly impact the lives of rug artisans by providing jobs with dignity rather than charity to rebuild their lives.” Thursday, May 12-Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, Noon-5 p.m. Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship, 1520 N. 12th St., 208-333-0535, firstname.lastname@example.org.
14, local sponsors AmeriCorps, Shu’s Running Company and Boise Bike Wrench are hosting Ride and Seek, an event that will showcase badass bike skills. As its name suggests, Ride and Seek is a bicycle scavenger hunt and courses range from one to three miles, which are per fect for both serious bikers and families. Participants will ride around Veterans Memorial Park in search of clues and receive a prize when ﬁnished. And after all that searching, there will be snacks and a rafﬂe. All the proceeds from both the scavenger hunt and rafﬂe will beneﬁt BBP. And don’t forget to bring spare
bike parts you may have— BBP wants those, too. Noon-3 p.m., $5 per person, $3 each for teams of three or more. Veterans Memorial Park, 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway. Register online at bluecirclesports. com or at the event. For more information, contact email@example.com, 208-661-3817.
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FRIDAY MAY 13 fundraiser Get ready for Teddy.
WE HEART ANNELIESSA BENEFIT SHOW Anneliessa Balk and Sam Stimpert ﬁrst opened Visual Arts Collective in 2005 at its original location in the Linen District with a mission to nurture Boise’s artistic community by providing an accessible performance and exhibition space. When they moved VAC to Garden City in 2007, that vision expanded to include helping turn Garden City into a ﬂourishing artistic Mecca. Through their ever-evolving lineup of visual art exhibitions, plays, performance art and live music, Balk and Stimpert have done more than just grow the local arts scene and invigorate an industrial neighborhood—they’ve become pillars in the community. Now it’s time to give back. For the last few years, Balk has been battling a painfully debilitating disease called ulcerative colitis. According to the We Heart Anneliessa donation page, anneliessa.chipin.com, Balk’s health has gotten considerably worse of late: “She has been hospitalized on numerous occasions and has had several surgical procedures performed on her over the last few years. She is always optimistic and insists that she is OK, but due to a complication from a previous surgery, these last three to four months have really taken a toll on her physically and mentally, preventing her from being able to work and support herself ﬁnancially. As you can imagine, the bills are racking up, causing additional stress on her already-taxed body that so desperately needs to rest and heal.” On Friday, May 13, from 8-10 p.m., Friends of Anneliessa Balk is hosting the We Heart Anneliessa fundraiser, which will feature a game show with Nick Garcia and Kelly Broich, a Renegade Circus performance, a silent auction and other special guest musical performers. Attendees can also help participate in creating a new VAC wall mural. 8-10 p.m., $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com. For more information on donating silent auction items, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
for the house or new video game, you can ﬁnd it, check it out and set a return date.” Swap Co-op is one of hundreds of businesses that will be participating in the fourth annual Idaho Green Expo on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May
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SATURDAY MAY 14 music TEDDY THOMPSON Boise Contemporary Theater will help bring the Big Apple to Boise when it hosts musician Teddy Thompson, a singer/ songwriter who frequently plays around his hometown of New York City. Originally born in London, Thompson is the son of notable Brit folksters Richard and Linda Thompson. He plays a contemporary blend of folk and rock. In addition to having tracks featured in ﬁlms like 40 Days and 40 Nights and Brokeback Mountain, Thompson has collaborated with a number of his famous folk friends like Garth Hudson from The Band, and Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Thompson recently ﬁnished his ﬁfth studio album, Bella, which is the nucleus of his new tour. The album is produced by David Kahne, who has worked with A-list acts like Paul McCartney and Regina Spektor. Bella takes listeners through the emotional beginnings and even more emotional ends of a relationship. With each new album release, Thompson moves closer to becoming a household name—and closer to sky-high ticket prices for his tours in the future. Don’t miss this opportunity to get an affordable bite of the Big Apple’s music scene, because if you wait until next year, you might as well fuhgetta-bout-it. With Thomas Paul. 8 p.m., $20-$35. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., bctheater.org.
are subdivided into categories like greening your home; greening your garden; green building and sustainable development; energy conser vation and recycling; food and agriculture; sustainability education; air quality and transporta-
Scrolling through vibrant photos of restaurateurs Eric Werner and Mya Henry shopping for heirloom tomatoes, bulbous squash and blood-red meats at a Mexican market, it’s hard not to covet their lives. Werner runs the open kitchen—cooking up dishes like potatoes with fennel pollen, shrimp grits and edibleselby.com roasted octopus—while Henry shakes up fresh-fruit-ﬁlled cocktails at their restaurant, Hartwood, in Tulum, Mexico. The duo was recently highlighted on the photo blog Edible Selby, which regularly proﬁles notable chefs and artisan foodies the world over. Spearheaded by portrait, interiors and fashion photographer Todd Selby, Edible Selby is an offshoot of his blog, The Selby. Selby started his original photo blog in 2008 by snapping shots inside his creative friends’ homes. Soon, Selby was being invited around the world to document the lifestyles of creative types, from San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand. Now Selby’s life seems as covetable as the subjects he photographs. Edible Selby’s latest entry is on famous chef—and frequent Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations guest—Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in New York City. In addition to shots of Ripert skewering lobster tails and plating delicate appetizers, Selby attached a scanned copy of a quirky questionnaire he gave the chef, which includes questions like “draw and label the four tastiest ﬁsh in the ocean.” —Tara Morgan
tion; community action and involvement; green lifestyles and health and wellness. Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Boise Centre. For more info, visit idahogreenexpo.org.
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY MAY 11 On Stage WICKED—The highly anticipated Broadway hit based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire makes its way to Boise. 7:30 p.m. $50-$140. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.
On Stage ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE—Musical based on the life of country legend Patsy Cline. 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. Center for Spiritual Living, 600 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-375-0751, spiritual-living.org. STORIES OF SONGS AND JUSTICE—Fundraiser for the Idaho Innocence Project. Visit innocenceproject.boisestate.edu for more info. 8 p.m. $50. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
TAMING OF THE SHREW—An adaptation of Shakespeare’s love story set in 1959. Visit kedproductions.org for more info. 7 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. WICKED—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $50-$140. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.
Literature BOISE NOVEL ORCHARD—Writers meet to edit, critique and encourage the continuation of their work. FREE. Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.
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Talks & Lectures CANDIDATE FORUM: GREATER BOISE AUDITORIUM DISTRICT—Learn more about the candidates for the two positions open on the GBAD board. Visit gbadnow.com for more info. 89:15 a.m. FREE. Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S. Fifth St., Boise, 208-472-5200, boisechamber.org.
Citizen BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT VOLUNTEER NIGHT—Volunteers may donate their time to help build and repair bicycles for those in need. 6-8 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
Kids & Teens MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— Young designers, inventors and engineers can bring their creations to life with Legos. Bring a shoebox full of your own, if you’ve got them. Some will be provided for you if you don’t. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib. org. TEAM IN TRAINING INFO MEETING—The program provides beginning and advanced triathletes with experienced coaching while they participate in fund-raising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 6 p.m. FREE. Eagle Public Library, 100 N. Stierman Way, Eagle, 208-9396814, eaglepubliclibrary.org.
THURSDAY MAY 12 Festivals & Events MERIDIAN URBAN MARKET— Downtown Meridian on Idaho Ave. between Main Street and Second Street. 5-9 p.m. FREE, 208-331-3400, facebook.com/ MeridianUrbanMarket.
On California-based Forrest Day’s new self-titled, self-released album, the jazzy hip-hop group brings together a number of different musical genres that don’t always get along and makes them play nice. Singer/producer/songwriter/saxophonist Forrest Day, for whom the band is named, possesses a style like Matisyahu, able to mix quick-tongued verses with more traditional rock and soul. With his beer gut and beard, Day looks like an everyman, and ﬁrsttime listeners will probably be surprised to hear him rap—and do it so well. Forrest Day the ﬁve-piece band has played sets at venues like the Great American Music Hall, using live shows to earn a fair amount of buzz, and the group’s recorded material should keep that happening. This album is grounded in the courtship between simple and addictive instrumentals, often anchored by a trance-inducing keyboard and ska-esque horns, and Day’s ability to sing/ rap with a conﬁdence and style all his own. Adding to the band’s value as a one-of-a-kind group, the lyrics, in large contrast to the classic sound of the music, are relatable—and often hilarious. On the track, “If You Do,” the band lays down a pop sound, which gives Day the opportunity to do his thing. He sings, “I’m always running down the street with my sax / running late and every time before the show to just relax / I’m an idiot, the psycho running my mouth over tracks, I’m a sad piece of shit / these aren’t opinions these are facts.” Throughout the album, Day makes brutally honest obser vations about himself, which makes him nearly impossible not to like. Known most for their high-energy live shows, Forrest Day’s sound is sharpened on this album: The saxophones and keyboard give it a Maroon 5-meets-Reel Big Fish vibe that is easy to listen to and gives Day a chance to utilize his talents on the mic. Although the live shows are hard to top, the studio album allows Day to harmonize with himself, giving the music depth. —Alex Blackwell
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SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, SUSTAINABLE HOMES—Learn to use your utility bills to determine how efﬁcient your home is and ﬁnd ways to make more so. Cosponsored by Green Remodeling, renewable Energy Solutions and Idaho Power. 7 p.m. $10, $50 for eight-month series. Integrated Design Lab, 108 N. Sixth St., 208-429-0220, idlboise.com.
ANNUAL ORIENTAL RUG EVENT—More than 300 hand-knotted rugs made by fairly-paid adults in recognition of Fair Trade Day, Saturday, May 14. See Picks, Page 18. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship, 1520 N. 12th St., Boise.
Talks & Lectures THREE COURSES PLUS CAKE—Steve Hayden, vice chairman and chief creative ofﬁcer of Ogilvy Worldwide will give a presentation. See Picks, Page 18. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $18 BAF members, $25 nonmembers. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
Citizen PURPLE PINS—Bowling social to beneﬁt the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Bring a dish to share. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. 6-8 p.m. $5 per game. Boise State Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, 208-426INFO, union.boisestate.edu.
SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP—Practice rolling/slurring your Rs during this Spanish conversation group hosted by CR Languages. 6 p.m. FREE. Sapphire Bar & Grill, 622 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-7277.
FRIDAY MAY 13 On Stage ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Center for Spiritual Living, 600 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-375-0751, spiritual-living. org. ANNIE—Starlight Mountain Theatre presents its take on the favorite musical. Visit starlightmt.org or call 208-4625523 for more info and tickets. 7 p.m. $7-$15. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, Meridian, 208-898-9425.
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TAMING OF THE SHREW—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions. org. WICKED—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $50-$140. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.
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BOISE PUB CRAWL—Dress up as your favorite horror movie character and meet at Mack and Charlie’s to make your way through downtown Boise during this pub crawl. A portion of the proceeds will beneﬁt Boise Bicycle Project. Visit boisepubcrawl.com to purchase tickets. Space is limited. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $20 adv., $25 door. RUSSIAN FOOD FESTIVAL— Enjoy traditional dishes and take a tour of the church, check out Russian art and listen to members of the community read from Russian stories. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. FREE. St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St., Boise, 208345-1553, stseraphimboise.org.
Workshops & Classes MAKE-IT-YOURSELF GLASS ART—Create your own artwork with the help of a studio artist. No experience necessary, and all ages are welcome. 3-9 p.m. $15$35. Fusions Glass Studio, 347 S. Edgewood Lane, Ste. 120, Eagle, 208-938-1055, fusionsidaho.com.
Art OPENING RECEPTION—Join the artists of Boise’s newest collective for their inaugural show in their new gallery. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. See Arts, Page 28. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Enso Art Space, 120 E. 38th St., Ste. 105, Garden City, 208-761-0799, ensoartspace.com.
Citizen SHAWN STRONG FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER—Enjoy food, drinks, music and a silent auction. 6:30 p.m. $15 individual, $20 couple. Boise WaterCooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., Boise, shawnstrongboise.com.
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WE HEART ANNELIESSA—Anneliessa Balk is one of the creators and owners of Visual Arts Collective and a supporter of the arts in the Treasure Valley. She has been battling health issues that are now keeping her from working. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to help with her expenses. The evening includes a silent auction, a surprise performance by a special guest, Renegade Circus and a game show. See Picks, Page 19. 7 p.m. $5 donation. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
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8 DAYS OUT Odds & Ends ANNUAL ORIENTAL RUG EVENT—See Thursday. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship, 1520 N. 12th St., Boise. BOISE CAFE LATIN NIGHTS— Get a basic Latin dance lesson at 9 p.m. and then dance the night away while enjoying drinks and snacks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-343-3397.
Animals & Pets BIRDING FESTIVAL—Lectures, tours, ﬁlms, kids activities and live birds abound during this festival celebrating birds of prey and the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 family, $3 individual, FREE children. Reed Elementary School, 1670 N. Linder Ave., Kuna.
SATURDAY MAY 14 Festivals & Events BOISE STATE COMMENCEMENT—Recognition of graduating students. 10 a.m. FREE. Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, 208426-1900, tacobellarena.com. CAPITAL CITY PUBLIC MARKET—9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Capital City Public Market, Eighth Street between Main and Bannock streets, 208-345-9287, capitalcitypublicmarket.com.
ANNIE—See Friday. 7 p.m. $7$15. Limelight, 3575 E. Copper Point Way, 208-898-9425. CHUCKLES COMEDY CABARET—Boise’s newest comedy venue features a new comic each week, from hot young newbies to established stand-up comedians. 8 p.m. $12. China Blue, 100 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-9515. FUELED BY DESPERATION COMEDY SHOW—Featuring Gabe Dunn. 7:30 p.m. $5. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. THE BIG BAD-ASS BELLYDANCE SHOW—Full Tilt Belly Dance and Cairo Fusion present belly dancing, live music, ﬂamenco and African dancers and more. 8 p.m. $7 adv., $9 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-4248297, visualartscollective.com. TAMING OF THE SHREW—See Thursday. 6:15 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208385-0021, kedproductions.org. WICKED—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $50-$140. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.
Food & Drink BREWFORIAFEST—Sample more than 100 beers in one convenient spot. There will be food available, live entertainment and games. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $15 adv., $20 door, each day. Brewforia, 3030 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-888-7668, brewforia.com.
RUSSIAN FOOD FESTIVAL— See Friday. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE. St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St., Boise, 208-345-1553, stseraphimboise.org.
Citizen GO-KART TEXTING CHALLENGE—Demonstration on the dangers of texting while driving. 11 a.m.-noon. FREE. Wahooz Fun Zone, 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian, 208-898-0900, wahoozfunzone.com. STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE—Leave bagged, nonperishable food items next to your mail box for your letter carrier to pick up when he or she drops off your mail. The food will then be delivered to the Idaho Foodbank to be sorted. Donation. helpstampouthunger.com
Kids & Teens TRICA REART: HULA HOOPING—Basic hula hooping skills as well as games and teamwork activities. 1-2 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, boisepubliclibrary.org; 3-4 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-5706900, boisepubliclibrary.com.
Odds & Ends ANNUAL ORIENTAL RUG EVENT—See Thursday. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship, 1520 N. 12th St., Boise.
EAGLE SATURDAY MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. IDAHO GREEN EXPO—Nonproﬁt groups, government agencies, public utilities, businesses and citizens learn ways to “go green” while saving money on things like transportation, food, health care, home energy and more. There will be demonstrations, a short ﬁlm festival and an eco-kids room with activities. See Picks, Page 18. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre. com. KUNA FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-noon. FREE. Bernard Fisher Memorial Park, Swan Falls Road and Avalon Street, Kuna. MERIDIAN FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. meridianfarmersmarket.com. NAMPA FARMERS MARKET—9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE, nampafarmersmarket.com.
On Stage ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE—See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $12-$15. Center for Spiritual Living, 600 N. Curtis Road, 208-375-0751, spiritual-living.org. Skeleton Blues by Connor Coughlin was the 1st place winner in the 9th Annual Boise Weekly Bad Cartoon Contest.
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BIRDING FESTIVAL—See Friday. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 family, $3 individual, FREE children. Reed Elementary School, 1670 N. Linder Ave., Kuna.
WICKED—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $50-$140. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.
INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY—Enjoy a full day of bird-centric activities, including bird watching, investigating owl pellets and wood carving demonstrations. Kids can make artwork, get their face painted, explore the new woodpecker and waterfowl stations and participate in games. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $1, donations accepted. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225, ﬁshandgame.idaho.gov.
Food & Drink BREWFORIAFEST—See Saturday. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $15 adv., $20 door, each day. Brewforia, 3030 E. Overland Road, 208888-7668, brewforia.com.
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INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY—Learn about the Peregrine Fund’s work with birds of prey and enjoy games, ﬁlms, tours and demonstrations with live birds. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$7. World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, 208-362-8687, peregrinefund.org.
SUNDAY MAY 15 Festivals & Events
IDAHO GREEN EXPO—See Saturday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise, 208-336-8900, boisecentre.com.
MONDAY MAY 16 On Stage
TRICA REART: HULA HOOPING—See Saturday. 3-4 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208562-4996; 1-2 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
POETRY SALM DELUX—The winner of this poetry slam earns $50 cold hard cash. Visit boisepoetry.com for more info. 8-11 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.
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ANNUAL ORIENTAL RUG EVENT—See Thursday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship, 1520 N. 12th St., Boise.
BEER PONG—Play for prizes and bar tabs while drinking $5 pitchers. 9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s Saloon, 5467 Glenwood, Garden City, 208-322-6699.
SUNDAY MARKET—Local artisans showcase their arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and more during this indoor market. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111, thelinenbuilding.com.
EAST END MARKET—10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. Bown Crossing, Bown Street, end of Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise.
ZOO DAZE—Celebrate the opening of the new exhibit Animals of the Pampas, featuring giant anteaters, a maned wolf and rheas. Kids will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Patrick Star from Spongebob Squarepants, have their faces painted and more. Proceeds go to zoo improvements. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4.25-$7, FREE for children younger than 3. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208384-4125, zooboise.org.
Animals & Pets BIRDING FESTIVAL—See Friday. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 family, $3 individual, FREE children. Reed Elementary School, 1670 N. Linder Ave., Kuna.
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KNITTING CLUB—Bring your projects to work on or go to learn. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org. STORY STORY STUDIO—If you have a story to tell but are a bit nervous about doing so, this workshop can help get you ready for the popular Story Story Night held at the Linen Building. Donations are encouraged. 7-9 p.m. FREE. The Cole Marr Gallery/ Coffee House, 404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 134, Boise, 208-336-7630.
TUESDAY MAY 17 Workshops & Classes FLINT KNAPPING—Scott Maxwell will teach participants how to turn stone into tools and weapons. 6 p.m. FREE. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise, 208-334-2225, ﬁshandgame.idaho.gov.
Citizen STORIES OF INSPIRATION— Join the United Way of the Treasure Valley for an evening of inspirational stories and to recognize and celebrate the volunteers, advocates and donors involved in the organization. All proceeds beneﬁt the United Way Community Fund. Visit unitedwaytv.org for more info or to purchase tickets in advance. 6:30 p.m. $10 adults, $5 kinds under 12 years old. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre. net.
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8 DAYS OUT Odds & Ends BEER PONG TOURNEY—Eight tables set up for play, $4 pitchers and a $300 cash prize. What more could you ask for? 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531, drinkfattys.com. BOOZE CLUES—Trivia and prizes with the one and only E.J. Pettinger. 9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344. COMEDY NIGHT—Test out your routine on patrons during open mic night. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-322-3430.
WEDNESDAY MAY 18 Festivals & Events CALDWELL FARMERS MARKET—Corner of 12th and Dearborn streets next to the library. 5-8 p.m. FREE. POETRY SLAM OF STEEL AND HAIKU BATTLE—A performance poetry workshop followed by an all-ages poetry slam. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $25 prize for the haiku champ. 7 p.m. $5 poetry slam, $1 with student ID, boisepoetry.com. Woman of Steel Gallery and Wine Bar, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., 208-331-5632.
Workshops & Classes LEGAL ISSUES FOR ARTISTS— Find out what you need to know about copyrights, contracts, the Visual Artists’ Rights Act and more, lead by a lawyer and arts activist. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Old Idaho State Pen, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, 208-368-6080.
Art ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS— Senior guests receive free admission all day plus a guided talk on the current exhibit. 2 p.m. FREE. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, 208-3458330, boiseartmuseum.org.
Kids & Teens TEEN LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY—Take on a leadership role in helping plan events by becoming a member of the Teen Advisory Board. Gain experience in program planning and satisfy volunteer hours for school. 4 p.m. FREE. Library at Cole and Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road, Boise, 208-570-6900, boisepubliclibrary.com.
Odds & Ends MEDIA PROFESSIONAL LUNCH—Members of the media are invited to have lunch and discuss issues related to the media in our community. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Smoky Mountain, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-429-0011, smokymountainpizza.com.
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EXTRA/BOISE BIKE WEEK SUNDAY, MAY 15 FAMILY ON BIKES—See Page 30 for information. 5 p.m. FREE. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre.net.
WOMEN’S ROAD RIDE—A 21.5mile fun ride for women. Registration and pre-ride start at 5 p.m., ride starts at 6 p.m., Eagle Bike Park, N. Horseshoe Bend Road.
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PEDAL POWER PICNIC— Bring a dish to share—but don’t forget to bike to dinner. 6 p.m., Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., 208-472-4500.
KICKOFF CELEBRATION—Chat with bike-loving commuters and Boise City Council Member Alan Shealy. 7:30 a.m., City Hall Plaza, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.
RIDE OF SILENCE—A ﬁve-mile ride to remember fallen cyclists. Gather at 6:30 p.m., ride starts at 7 p.m., Camel’s Back Park near the tennis courts, 1200 W. Heron St.
TWILIGHT LIGHT PARADE—Multiple routes of about seven miles each. Visit boisebikeweek.org for details. 6 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 17 ADAPTED BIKE FAIR—Try a trike, tandem or recumbent bike on an obstacle course. 5:30-8 p.m., $1 donation. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 W. Robbins Road, 208-384-4486. ROAD RIDE—Ride about 15 miles through East Boise, starting at Eastside Cycles. 6 p.m., Eastside Cycles, 3123 S. Bown Way, 208-344-3005, rideeastside.com. BIKE MAINTENANCE— Tune your hawg. See story, Page 33. 7 p.m., Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 STREET SMART CYCLING— Learn how to ride in the road. 7 p.m., George’s Cycles, 251 E. Front St., 208-343-3782, georgescycles.com.
BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION AND THE FUTURE OF THE TREASURE VALLEY—Mia Birk, a leader in shaping bike-friendly communities, speaks about transforming Portland, Ore., in to a city in which it seems everyone cycles. 5:30 p.m., Boise City Hall, Council Chambers, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-384-3710.
THURSDAY, MAY 19 MOUNTAIN BIKING INTRO— Learn the basics of riding trails. 6 p.m., Camel’s Back Park near the tennis courts, 1200 W. Heron St. LOOK! FAMILY RIDE FOR SAFETY LOOK! SAVE A LIFE—A three-mile family-oriented ride. 6 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Park near the playground, 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway.
FRIDAY, MAY 20 BIKE TO WORK DAY—Trade your four wheels for two today. RECUMBENT RALLY— Recumbent riders take a 15-mile loop to Dry Creek Cemetery from Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. 6 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Park near the playground, 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway. BIKE-IN MOVIE NIGHT—Featuring a “bike noir” ﬁlm from local ﬁlmmaker Zach Voss and then The Triplets of Bellville. 6:30 p.m., Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., 208-4296520, boisebicycleproject.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 21 KID’S MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE— Ages 7 and older, all skill levels. 10 a.m., Eagle Bike Park, N. Horseshoe Bend Road. BIKE TOUR OF HISTORIC BENCH HOMES—Explore Boise’s Mediterranean-inﬂuenced architecture on the Bench. Registration is required. 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Visit boisebikeweek.org for more information. PEDAL POWER PARADE—The big ﬁnale for the week is a four-mile ride and bike parade through downtown, so don’t forget your costumes—for you and your bike. 4:30 p.m., Capitol Park at Sixth and Bannock streets. For more information visit boisebikeweek.org
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HIP-HOP INTO SPRING Second annual hip-hop fest has big goals, big names AMY ATKINS this kind of music, some homegrown seeds of hip-hop have sprouted and ﬂourished here. But rather than just open it up to anyone who thinks he or she can rap or create beats or rhyme, Noriega and Powell held ofﬁcial tryouts at the Knitting Factory in early March. Hundreds of people showed up—not only to try out but to watch and cheer. A handful of local acts made it through the process—which included submitting a demo, using high-quality beats and letting a decibel reader determine how much audience support there really was. Acts that made the cut include a few that have been gaining some momentum: Oso Negro, Dedicated Servers, Pleasantville Killerz, Art Maddox and more. In the end, Elemental Breakdown is not about national hip-hop acts, local hip-hop acts, grafﬁti or breakdancing—at least not individually. It’s about all of those things, but more than that, it’s about underground hip-hop and what Noriega and Powell believe that means. And even if it’s only for two days, the two of them want to see hiphop and all of its trappings wiped clean of the commercialism that now envelops it. “We want to expose hip-hop for what it really is,” Noriega said. “It’s grafﬁti, it’s breakdancing, it’s music. It’s a lifestyle and it allows people to make a connection.”
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there as a child before moving to the South. Last year, Boisean Anthony Noriega (no He now calls Wilmington, N.C., home, and relation to Manuel) wanted to see some unwhile the South has deﬁnitely informed Cunderground hip-hop. But with a job and three ninlynguists’ sound, those very early years still daughters, heading out of town wasn’t really an option. So he brought the hip-hop to him: inﬂuence him. For Cunninlynguists’ most recent release, In April 2010, he organized the ﬁrst Boise Oneirology, Kno said he wanted the album to Spring Hip-Hop Show. be “big and dreamy and have a certain sonic At the time, he told Boise Weekly that he quality,” not unlike the wide open spaces of wanted to “bring some solid underground the Northwest. And as he talked about the hip-hop talent to Boise.” new album, he referred to the track “Dreams” Noriega got a few sponsors on board and as the “ﬁrst cornermanaged to turn his stone” and “Enemies love of the genre into Friday, May 13, 8 p.m., $7 door With Beneﬁts” as the a show that included Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m., $15 door “last cornerstone,” acts from California, FATTY’S and all of the tracks Oregon and Idaho. 800 W. Idaho St. working to “smooth Not surprisingly, drinkfattys.com it all out, kind of like Noriega said his goal Saturday, May 14, noon, $5 gate building a house.” was to make the show NEWT & HAROLD’S “My dad was a an annual event. But 1021 S. Broadway Ave. carpenter,” Kno said what often happens newtandharolds.com with a laugh. “So all I with events like these A limited two-day, all-event pass is available have is carpenter metais that organizers try for $20 adv., $22 door through brownpaperphors. He still lives in to grow too big too tickets.com. the High Desert where fast and the whole I grew up. I’m familiar thing blows up— with the sagebrush and all of that kind of and not in the good way. Noriega put his stuff. That’s my place out there.” organizational skills to good use, however, Along with Cunninlynguists and Sweatand enlisted the help of local veteran hipshop Union, the fest will also bring some hop promoter Travis Powell (of Free Range cutting-edge acts like Tonedeff and Homeboy Booking and Don’t Sleep Boise). So while Sandman, an Ivy League law student who this year’s fest on May 13-14 is deﬁnitely picked up a mic, set down the books and bigger, it doesn’t seem in danger of explodnever looked back. ing—in the bad way. The event will also feature a slew Powell echoed Noriega’s sentiments from of local talent. Though Boise last year as their mutual inspiration: They isn’t exactly a hotbed for want to bring underground hip-hop to Boise. For Powell, who started bringing hip-hop to Boise in 2002 with Josh Martinez and The Chicharones, it’s all in the title of this year’s event: Elemental Breakdown: Second Annual Boise Spring Hip-Hop Fest. The idea behind the name is all about getting back to the roots of hip-hop—including grafﬁti and hip-hop, which will be showcased in the Newt & Harold’s parking lot on Saturday. “We’re trying to celebrate the true elements and origins of underground hip-hop, which have kind of been overshadowed by the modern interpretation of what the hip-hop movement is,” Powell said. “It’s deﬁnitely the most commercialized and exploited genre of music.” That’s not to say that some of the acts on the bill haven’t realized commercial success. The fest’s two headliners are Sweatshop Union on Friday, May 13, and Kentuckybased hip-hop trio Cunninlynguists on Saturday, May 14. For Cunninlynguists DJ/ MC Kno (nee Ryan Wisler), a fest like this is a return to his own roots in a way. Kno was born in Bend, Ore., and lived WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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Skrillex has mad skillex.
IN A PAVILION DOWN BY THE RIVER Plenty of venues are known for the kind of music that plays there. Many of them start out trying to be all things to all people but often end up gravitating to one sound. Eagle River Pavilion, the new kid on the outdoor music venue block, paints a few broad strokes, but is sure to have a fair share of happy middle-aged butts planted in the grassy ﬁeld this summer. Michael Franti and Spearhead will stand tall as they kick off the Eagle River Pavilion season on Friday, July 15; Steve Martin will prove he’s no jerk by bringing the Steep Canyon Rangers on Saturday, July 23; owners of lonely hearts will be saying “domo arigato” on Thursday, July 28, when Yes and Styx perform; we’ll all be wondering if this is love that we’re feeling on Tuesday, Aug. 2, with Whitesnake; the lovely Amos Lee will ring his Mission Bell on Wednesday, Aug. 10; dancing queens will rule when the Music of ABBA featuring Swedish group Arrival performs on Saturday, Aug. 13; iCarly goes from the web to the stage when Miranda Cosgrove performs on Tuesday, Aug. 16; Trey McIntyre Project mixes it all up with a performance on Saturday, Aug. 20; Garrison Keillor brings his favorite companion on Friday, Aug. 26; and on Sunday, Sept. 18, Michael McDonald yah mo be here with Boz Scaggs. Tickets cost anywhere from $19.50 to $99.50 depending on the show. Visit landofrock.com for more information and ictickets.com for tickets. If you think a Whitesnake is an albino reptile, don’t fret: some cool shows are coming to town for you, too. According to Knitting Factory operations manager David Smith, the club is working to change its image from a rock and metalonly venue to one that offers a melange of music—including electronic. The Knitting Factory will still host rock and metal, of course, but will start adding some cuttingedge electronic acts to its lineup. On Tuesday, June 28, demon of dubstep Skrillex will take the stage. The Los Angeles-based electro creator released Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites last year on Mau5trap, electronic wizard Deadmau5’s label, to critical acclaim and has become a hot commodity on the electronic scene. Tickets are $25-$45 and are on sale now at bo.knittingfactory.com. —Amy Atkins
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Most people met Jimmy Eat World in 2001, when their single “The Middle”—off the album Bleed American, which was renamed after 9/11—peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track’s sweat-glistened, make-out-panty-party music video garnered frequent squeals on MTV’s Total Request Live. But before the band broke into the mainstream, they were a mainstay in the second-wave emo scene. While Jimmy Eat World’s punk-tinged second album, Static Prevails, garnered the group a faithful following, it was 1999’s layered, expansive Clarity that solidiﬁed its spot on the tearstained cheeks of emo kids everywhere. From the twinkling refrain of “Can you still feel the butterﬂies” on “For Me This is Heaven” to the 16-minute deconstructed fade-out of “Goodbye Sky Harbor,” Clarity became a cult classic, prompting Blender to say it “established a foundation for 21st century emo.” —Tara Morgan 8 p.m., $25-$60. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
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ATOMIC MAMA—9 p.m. FREE. Reef
ELEMENTAL BREAKDOWN: SPRING HIP HOP FEST—Featuring Sweatshop Union, Whiskey Blanket, Burnell Washingon, George Life, MC Pig Pen, Pat Maine, Likewise and Movement Music. See story, Page 25. 8 p.m. $7 or $20-$22 for two-day pass. Fatty’s
CHRIS GUTIERREZ—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe
BLUE DOOR FOUR—With Arts West Live. 6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
CLOUDLAND CANYON—With Teens. 8 p.m. $5. Flying M Coffeegarage
FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
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THURSDAY MAY 12
KEN HARRIS AND RICO WEISMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
DANNY BEAL—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
KEVIN KIRK—With Steve Eaton and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
ENTMOOT—With Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles and Ladytramp. 9 p.m. FREE. Red Room
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
THE NAUGHTIES—9:45 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
JIMMY BIVENS—9 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
REILLY COYOTE—7 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s
JOHN JONES, MIKE SEIFRIT AND JON HYNEMAN—With Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
KATIE MORELL—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club SONGWRITER’S SHOWCASE—6 p.m. FREE. Tablerock
LEVI MALIWAUKI—6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door RIPCHAIN—With Jameson, Maleva and Kryterium. 8 p.m. $6. Knitting Factory TERRY JONES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill THE THROWDOWN—Featuring The Arctic Turtles, Dying Famous and more. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid WOLVSERPENT—With A Story of Rats and Uzala. 8 p.m. $5. VAC
FRIDAY MAY 13 ADLER’S APPETITE—With 57 Heavy. 8 p.m. $16-$30. Knitting Factory BURBON DOGS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye DAMN LIARS—9 p.m. FREE.
TALK MATH TO ME—9:45 p.m. $3. Grainey’s THOMAS AHLQUIST QUARTET—With Blue Door Four. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
SATURDAY MAY 14 ARTS WEST JAZZ INSTITUTE QUINTET—With Blue Door Four. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Blue Door CANDREAD AND RIZING REZISTANCE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub CRYSTAL STILTS—With Youth Lagoon. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux DAMN LIARS—9 p.m. FREE. The New Frontier
MY JERUSALEM—With Michael Kingcaid. 8 p.m. $5. Neurolux
DAN COSTELLO—7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars
OLD DEATH WHISPER—With Hillfolk Noir and a.k.a. Belle. 7 p.m. $5 adv., $7 door. Linen Building
ELEMENTAL BREAKDOWN: SPRING HIP HOP FEST—Featuring Jackie Chan, Oso Negro, Customary, Dedicated Servers, Kool E. Mac, Pleasantville Killerz, St. Pharm and Writechess and Zabian. See story, Page 25. Noon. $5, $20-$22 for two-day pass. Newt & Harold’s
REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper RISING LION—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid SHON SANDERS WITH AMY WEBER—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
ELEMENTAL BREAKDOWN: SPRING HIP HOP FEST—Featuring Cunninlynguists, Tonedeff,
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GUIDE Homeboy Sandman, Whiskey Blanket, Jay Tablet, Art Maddox and THC. See story, Page 25. 8 p.m. $15, or $20-$22 for two-day pass. Fatty’s ERIC GRAE—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill JON HYNEMAN—With Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers LOST CITY—With Impaler and Demoni. 9 p.m. $5. The Red Room OLD DEATH WHISPER—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s THE POP CULT KIDS—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper
TEDDY THOMPSON— With Thomas Paul. See Picks, Page 19. 8 p.m. $20-$35. BCT
SUNDAY MAY 15 A DOUG BROWN COLLECTIVE—1 p.m. FREE. Solid BEN BURDICK, BILL LILES— Noon. FREE. Grape Escape CONFESSION: BENEFIT FOR RADIO BOISE—9 p.m. FREE, donations accepted. Liquid GREG PERKINS AND RICK CONNOLLY: THE SIDEMEN—5 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid SAFETY ORANGE—9:30 p.m. $5. Reef THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club SPECIAL OLYMPICS BAND JAM—Featuring Stop Drop & Party, The Getaway Car, Workin’ On Fire, 3rd to Last and School of Rock. 7 p.m. $5. Knitting Factory SWEET BRIAR—8 p.m. FREE. Curb TALK MATH TO ME—9:45 p.m. $3. Tom Grainey’s
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TUESDAY MAY 17
WEDNESDAY MAY 18
ARTS WEST LIVE—With Divit and Fonny. 6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—9 p.m. FREE. Sapphire
INTERSTATE—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s
JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
BRIANNE GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown
JIMMY EAT WORLD— See Listen Here, Page 26. 8 p.m. $25-$60. Knitting Factory
CURREN$Y—With Trademark, Young Roddy, Friend and Corner Boy P. 8:30 p.m. $15-$35. Knitting Factory
KEVIN KIRK—With John Jones. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
RUSS PFIEFER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
GIZZARD STONE—9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
TERRI EBERLEIN—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS—With Slow Runner. See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $12 adv., $14 door. Neurolux
BROCK BARTEL—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid
KEVIN KIRK—With Jon Hyneman and Phil Garonzik. 7 p.m. FREE. Chandlers THE THROWDOWN—Featuring the Celebration Quartet and more. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid VAGABOND SWING—9 p.m. FREE. Reef
REX MILLER—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill
WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
SCHOOL OF ROCK—6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door THE SHAUN BRAZELL TRIO— 6:30 p.m. FREE. Chandlers
WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS, MAY 17, NEUROLUX William Fitzsimmons’ CD Gold in the Shadow (March 2011, Nettwerk Records) made it into the CD player because of the photo on the cover: Fitzsimmons’ skull shows through a shadow of hair and tucked into a turquoise coat is a beautiful, bountiful beard that, at ﬁrst glance, looks almost like a scarf. The CD stayed in the player because of Fitzsimmons’ sweet near-whisper—accompanied by banjolin, piano and even steel drum—singing poetry of struggling with a recent divorce with lyrics like, “Shove me out to see the sea / the quiet of December to the deep I turn / from the wreck I bless this mess / for what I can remember, your ghost I burn.” And then came the discovery of Fitzsimmons’ improbable cover of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl.” He turned the slightly salacious pop tune into a tender ode of something unrequited. We’ll turn the CD player off long enough to hear Fitzsimmons voice—and see that beard—when he comes to Boise. —Amy Atkins
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And Aage he goes.
THE FAIR STRINGS OF SPRING Youngsters from Timberline High School bowed (as in a violin) and then bowed (as in a bend from the waist) as they took ﬁrst place in the sixth annual Young Artists String Quartet Competition held on April 30. The Timberline High School Quartet (Joseph Lim, Megan Schwab, Chapman Ellsworth and Suzie Lee) earned boasting rights and an $800 prize. Then the Boise State University Quartet (Maggie Snow, Becky Green, Amy Tompkins, Erica Seibel) and the College of Idaho Quartet (Cameron Candies, Marissa Dey, Laura Garcia, Alyssa Townsend) shared ﬁrst-place honors in the collegiate round and an award of $1,000. The competition was judged by members of the Grammy Award-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet—talk about a group to emulate—so take a bow, kids. In darker string news, local duo Darkwood Consort will call it quits after 19 years. Word has it that clarinetist/doucainist and group founder Aage Nielsen is leaving Darkwood and Idaho to “begin formation in the Benedictine monastic vocation at Mount Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, Ore.” Violist Jennifer Drake will stay in Boise and continue to perform, as well as begin a First Friday series later this year at the First United Methodist Church—or Cathedral of the Rockies, as it’s better known. On Sunday, May 15, you can say farewell when Nielsen and Drake, along with Karlin Coolidge (ﬂute), Donovan Schatz (bassoon) and guest harpist Matthew Tutsky perform works by Aagesen, Bach, Landini and more in the stunning cathedral at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $15 general, $10 for students/seniors. For more information, visit myspace.com/darkwoodconsort. Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St., 208-343-7511. From strings to spring, The Community Center is reaching out to one more segment of the LGBT community. Since forming in 1983, The Community Center has been an important resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered members and their allies in the area. On Saturday, May 14, from 4-7 p.m., TCC, in conjunction with the Pride Foundation, will hold its inaugural LGBT in the Arts Fair and Exhibition, in which LGBT painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelry makers and more will exhibit and sell their work. Free refreshments will be available. Though the deadline to enter work in the fair has ofﬁcially passed, Ramos said that LGBT artists interested in exhibiting should drop him a line at email@example.com. TCC, 305 E. 37th St., Garden City, tccidaho.org.
Garden City’s new Enso Artspace features work from (L-R) Cate Brigden, Kelly Packer, Anna Ura and Andrea Merrell among others.
CREATING SOME SPACE Enso Artspace: where art meets warehouse SHEREE WHITELEY lots and warehouses. Enso Artspace is an anomaly. The suite on “I think artists have always looked toward 38th Street behind an RV lot in Garden Garden City,” Binion said. “It’s close to downCity’s Live-Work-Create District seems more town, sort of undeveloped like it was in the like a cross between a storage unit and an ’50s and provides a lot of opportunities.” apartment complex than an art gallery. The Since the space doesn’t lend itself to walkbeyond-bleak gray brick exterior is interins and work is available to view by appointrupted with uniformly plain doors. While ment, at events and receptions, the artists can immaculate, the space hardly lends itself to maintain a work space without having to run the adjective “artistic.” a traditional gallery. Enso Artspace may also Until you set foot inside. Even empty, it’s help change the idea of what an art space easy to see why 10 local artists chose to house Boise’s newest collective here. Their hard work should look like and where it should be. “Live Work Create was sort of created to is apparent, since the group started with scant cater to the arts,” said Jenah Thornborrow, lighting and barely sheetrocked walls. Now manger of Garden City Planning and Develthe space boasts track lights and pristine white opment Services. “I think Enso will be a great walls, and is ready to show off more than the add and exactly what the city would like to construction abilities of the artists. see there. The city is excited to have them.” “The bones were there,” said Paris-born Having spent a great deal of time around artist Anna Ura. “We want the work to stand the world living in both small towns and for itself.” urban epicenters, Ura believes the area to be a Along with Ura, Chris Binion, Cate good mix of the two extremes. Brigden, Andrea Merrell, Kelly Packer, Lisa “It’s somewhere in between,” Ura said. Pisano, Christine Raymond, Pam Swenson, “It’s not as big or diverse as San Francisco or Michael Cordell and Amy Westover comprise Los Angeles, obviously, but there’s an openthe collective’s lineup. The group will host its ness here. People are welcoming and supportinaugural exhibition and an opening reception ive. [Boise] is full of wonderful artists with a at the new space on Friday, May 13. lot of passion.” These artists are far from newbies on the The idea of Enso, much like the space, Boise art scene. Although diverse in age, backseemed to appear out of nowhere. The group ground and medium, the artists all share a few met to discuss the common threads, one space over brunch being lengthy resumes. at Binion’s (who, The other is a philosoOpening reception is Friday, May 13, 5-8 p.m. according to Merrell, phy, according to MerENSO is “quite the gourmet rell, an Idaho native 120 E. 38th St. guy” and will be and world traveler. Unit #105, Garden City ensoartspace.com concocting something “It’s straightforward delectable for the and honest, like our opening reception). space,” Merrell said. The location was suggested to them by “It’s an attitude—a sort of seriousness without Jacqueline Crist, owner of the former J Crist being too serious or taking ourselves too gallery, which represented many of Enso’s seriously. And everyone—even the younger artists. The group recognized strengths in people—has been with art for a long time.” each other and catered to them in developing Binion delights in the semi-obscurity the artspace. of the space and describes it as a “who “It’s turned out to be a great balance, with would’ve thought it” location. But Garden everyone having different skills,” Brigden said, City is becoming a hybrid of industry and “They’ve come together to complement each art, with galleries, performance spaces and other. Kelly Packer made us a beautiful webart supply stores hiding in a sea of used car
site, and Michael Cordell has been a marvelous handyman.” The 10 artists make up six committees that take care of Enso’s every need, from planning hors d’oeuvres for receptions to maintaining a presence online. Many members serve on two committees. While the collaborative has required the artists to take on non-artistic roles, it hasn’t proved terribly difﬁcult. “We’re learning along the way,” Pisano said as she, Merrell and Binion reﬂected on the group’s ﬁrst meeting. They laughed when talking about painting the walls while they ate Indian food and joked about everything. “It was like we were trying to make it hard,” Binion said of the ease the group encounters in making decisions. “But it was just the right time in Boise and in our lives.” The name “Enso” was one of the ﬁrst proposed, and it’s a name that Pisano brought to the table based on a Japanese calligraphy symbol that resembles a circle and is riddled with meaning involving inﬁnite possibilities and change. The space Enso occupies is also ripe with possibility. The artists are more than willing to invite other artists of all mediums into their space and encourage interested parties to call and set up appointments to view the work housed there. “We want it to be a casual environment where it’s fun to just come, see some stuff and enjoy,” said Pisano. Binion concurs with the idea of a laid-back environment for the space. “It’s not like we’re car salesmen and we have a quota,” he said laughing, adding that he hopes to have people come by and see “what we’ve got.” The group has the schedule worked out for the remainder of the year, with collaborative and solo exhibitions to follow the opening reception. Opening a new space for art is not a riskfree endeavor, but the group is positive about the outcome because they understand art. “Ultimately, I think this works because it’s all of us,” Binion said. “Art is what we do. It’s who we are—we’re artists.”
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LISTINGS/SCREEN Special Screenings FAMILY ON BIKES—Hop on your bike and head to the Egyptian Theatre to kick off Boise Bike Week with this multimedia presentation. The Boise family who rode from Alaska to Argentina will chronicle their adventure, and there will be a screening of the 2010 documentary on mountain biking. For more see Feature, Page 11. Sunday, May 15, 5 p.m. FREE. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, egyptiantheatre. net.
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CAGED MADNESS The Elephant in the Living Room is not for the birds GEORGE PRENTICE
IN-JUSTICE—International photojournalist Karen Day chronicles the work of the AWJP, an organization dedicated to helping women and children wrongfully imprisoned in Afghanistan. Meet Day and First Lady Lori Otter before the ﬁlm—before they head out to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama. Scan the QR code to read more about the ﬁlm at boiseweekly.com. Tuesday, May 17, 7 p.m. $25. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3424222, theﬂicks.boise.com.
BRIDESMAIDS—Lillian (Maya Rudolph) has just gotten engaged, and there’s nothing maid of honor Annie (Kristen Wiig) won’t do to make sure her friend has the perfect wedding. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22 THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM—Documentary about the controversy surrounding people who keep dangerous exotic animals as pets in their homes. (NR) Flicks
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Five minutes into watching The Elephant in the Living Room, a gripping documentary concerning the epidemic of households containing exotic pets, I thought the subject matter might be best handled in an episode of PBS’ Frontline. As the movie concluded 90 minutes later, I was frustrated that the ﬁlm didn’t go on for another half hour, at the very least. The Elephant in the Living Room is the When this guy calls to say his cat is stuck in a tree, the ﬁre department has to call in a lion tamer for back up. most unlikely movie-going experience you may have this year: It’s entertaining, engaging and Harrison’s greatest challenge is Terry as if somebody turned a switch on.” In one infuriating. And you will never view a “cute Brumﬁeld, a depressed hulk of a man who is recent 12-month period, Harrison responded animal segment” on television the same way. one prime rib dinner away from a quadruple to 19 alligator calls in Dayton, Ohio, and 10 On any given evening, Dave, Jay, Jimmy more in Cincinnati (more than in most sections bypass. Brumﬁeld is convinced that his reasons and Conan clown around with lions, tigers, for living are his two fully grown lions, which of Florida). Harrison blames the outbreak on snakes and gators hauled onto the stage by soon become the parents of four cubs. The the number of people who buy baby gators as “Jungle” Jack Hanna. Most of us watch the pride of lions becomes Brumﬁeld’s obsession, pets, ignorant to the creatures with curiosity. and Harrison knows full well that the scenario threat of a soon-to-be But those who know could end tragically. full-grown alligator. the animals best see THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM (PG) Elephant in the Living Room is far from Accompanied by an something that can— Directed by Michael Webber perfect. Its constant fade-out, fade-ins for each undercover camera, and might—eat your Starring Tim Harrison, Terry Brumﬁeld, segue of the ﬁlm is distracting, the soundtrack Harrison visits a face off. Russ Clear is syrupy and the ﬁlm could use a ﬁrst-rate ediPennsylvania reptile The recurring theme Opens at The Flicks on Friday, May 13 tor to craft more expert transitions. Above all, sale, where acres of of The Elephant in the the movie needs some input from a mentalcountertops are lined Living Room is the with Tupperware con- health professional to explain the pathology day-to-day policework of someone who thinks wild creatures are best tainers ﬁlled with baby boa constrictors and of Tim Harrison, who faces lions, tigers and chained up in a back yard. alligators. Harrison even purchases a Puff bears (oh my). Harrison is a public safety ofThe thesis is simple: exotic pet ownership ﬁcer in the wilds of Ohio, one of 38 states that Adder, one of deadliest snakes on the planet. is madness. The ﬁlm has no doubt invited In another jaw-dropping scene, Harrison allow the ownership of exotic pets. takes the cameras to one of the largest exotic controversy and sparked debate, as any great For many of his 34 years as a policeman, documentary should. Don’t ignore The Elpet auctions in the world, in the surreal setHarrison received occasional calls to handle ephant in the Living Room. snakes on the loose, but in recent years, “it was ting of an Ohio Amish community.
SCREEN/THE TUBE shaking off the soot. And where do these unemployed beasts get the money to buy Acme missiles? Basically, they’re terrorists with no regard for rudimentary laws of physics. They’ve even played basketball in At least nobody is turning Bugs Bunny into a baby this time. space with Michael Jordan. That happened several years ago on In the 1940s, Bugs Bunny was a Baby Looney Tunes—an idea only slightly violent, cross-dressing, suicidal, marginbetter than bringing Shirley Temple back ally racist drunk. The Looney Tunes Show as an old woman whose gout acts up. could have logically updated him as a In The Looney Tunes Show, the perendevil-worshiping meth dealer but that nial pop-culture icons have moved to a would’ve bothered some people. The subdivision. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, timid, new version is like playing pool no longer adversaries, are roommates. with a teetotaler. Also, for some reason, The show is about universal situations— instead of gray, he’s purple. like text messaging or going to a highThe thing about the original cartoons school reunion. is that they existed prior to modern irPeople are protective of the original ritants. Now, Yosemite Sam is a goddamn Looney Tunes legacy. Any deviations invite rapper. It makes you want to drop an denunciations and disgust, but it’s odd anvil on his head. to impose purist rules on talking animals The new version of Looney Tunes airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on —Damon Hunzeker that get blown up and then recover by Cartoon Network.
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T H E AT E R S THE GREEN HORNET Michel Gondry is no Michael Bay. Known for directing small, critically acclaimed ďŹ lms (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind), Gondry turned heads with the announcement that he was tapped to direct superhero action ďŹ lm The Green Hornet. Movie lovers wondered how Gondryâ€™s visual style would pair with the story. The Green Hornet is one of those ďŹ lms that was heavily anticipated prior to its January 2011 release dateâ€”now itâ€™s already on DVD. Critics argued that the Gondry/action-ďŹ lm pairing was a misďŹ re, with one reviewer commenting: â€œItâ€™s hard to think of a more mystifying mismatch of ďŹ lmmaker and material.â€? Movie-goers appeared equally underwhelmed, despite a great leading castâ€”including Seth Rogen and Jay Chouâ€” and beloved source material. Maybe it will be more whelming on disc.
AMERICAâ€™S CUTEST DOG Why would anyone spend any time or any money to make a DVD called Americaâ€™s Cutest Dog? If youâ€™re Animal Planet, you probably didnâ€™t actually spend much of either. If you want to make a marketable video with a big â€œawwwwâ€? factor, just ask camera-wielding dog owners to send in the cutest clips of their canines, promise to bestow the title of â€œAmericaâ€™s Cutest Dogâ€? on one of the pups and watch the material roll in. OK, so itâ€™s not Citizen Kane. But this series, which was originally only online, might be a good ďŹ ll-in for dog lovers while they wait for the next Puppy Bowl. And if that isnâ€™t enough, the DVD includes clips from both â€œAmericaâ€™s Cutest Catâ€? and the â€œWorldâ€™s Ugliest Dogâ€? competition.
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APP/SCREEN KISS MY APPS: HBO GO Itâ€™s not TV. Itâ€™s HBO on your iPhone or Droid. Home Box OfďŹ ce recently launched a bit of a gamechanger: pushing its content, at no additional charge, to Appleâ€™s iPhone and iPad and Androidâ€™s mobile devices. HBO, the pioneer in luring eyeballs away from commercial television using feature ďŹ lms, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos, generates $1.4 billion in annual operating income. Visit hbogo.com for more information. But seeing its empire threatened by Amazon and NetďŹ‚ix, HBO has unleashed HBO GO, a free app, giving its subscribers round-theWWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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HOI POLO-OI Not a pain in the ass: the Carbon Comfort seat.
BETTER BIKING THROUGH SCIENCE It’s as easy as riding a bike. Sure until you’ve been sitting on that bike for a couple of hours and you’re becoming painfully aware of your bike seat—pain being the operative word. Suddenly what seemed like a utilitarian part of your bike has become a streamlined torture device, causing pain in places you didn’t know could hurt and creating irritation that has you wondering about the likelihood of walking for the next week. It was that sort of pain that led avid bike rider Jeri Rutherford to build a better bike seat, one that wouldn’t leave riders hobbling. So the Carbon Comfort bike seat was born—an invention that has the Treasure Valley resident turning into an international businesswoman. The Carbon Comfort seat was years in the making as Rutherford explored the true causes of bike-seat pain, as well as played with materials that would provide both ﬂexibility and strength. The end result uses ultra-light carbon ﬁber, which allows the seat to bend and ﬂex with the rider. Deep cutouts on the side mean less friction and range of motions, while the wider back of the seat has added support for pressure points. Additionally, the design creates a type of shock absorber, mellowing out the most jarring bumps. Rutherford’s website even includes medical scans showing improved blood ﬂow in riders’, um, seats, compared to a standard bike seat—especially for men’s “soft tissue.” Rutherford turned to a manufacturer overseas to construct the Carbon Comfort seat, but she’s the driving force behind the sales effort. She’s working on signing up distributors across the globe, while handling online orders from across the country and around the world. Curious bikers in the Treasure Valley don’t have to depend on a website to check out the seat, though. The Carbon Comfort seat is available at McU’s Sports in Boise, and retails for $85. For more info on the new seat, visit rideouttech.com. Boise State graduate student Benjamin Stein is also curious about how the human body reacts while on a bike. Stein is working on a research study looking at the difference in kinematics and muscle activation while riding on a ﬂat road compared to heading through the hills. He is in the process of recruiting volunteers to help with his thesis study and is looking for any healthy 18- to 55-year-old cyclist willing to peddle for academics. The total time involved is less than two hours. For more speciﬁcs on the study, contact Stein at 208-914-4917 or benjaminstein@u. boisestate.edu. —Deanna Darr
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Boise Bike Polo is an equal opportunity sport JOSH GROSS Polo may be the sport of kings but bike polo—not so much. The dozen or so bearded and tattooed young men who welcomed me enthusiastically to their regular pickup game at the Civic Plaza apartment complex were closer to those Tyler Durden described in Fight Club: “We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances.” In fact, the sport is somewhat anarchic as a whole. There’s a league—sort of. And rules—sort of. But the Boise players have only a marginal interest in either. Especially not the one that says left-handed players You don’t need a crown to play bike polo ... but you do need a helmet. aren’t allowed. In between rounds, the players lob cans tournaments this year. If we do that, then Players zip around piloting a rubber ball of Pabst back and forth to one another and they’ll be more interested.” coarsely holler at anyone who dares to bicycle with a bike polo mallet—a piece of PVC With a bevy of prizes donated from local pipe bolted to the end of a ski pole—as skilldown Front Street that they should forget bike shops and Boise Bicycle Project, Schisel fully as hockey players control the “puck,” wherever they’re headed and join the game. is hoping the tournament will bring in compassing and tossing it back and forth beNone did. But local players are hoping to change that. tween the wheels, and shooting past a goalie petitors not just locally but from Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, Denver and maybe at 15 mph but not always looking where John Schisel, creator of the Boise Bike even northern California. they’re going. One player rode straight into Polo Facebook group and the closest thing “I’d love for more but a dozen would the curb at full speed to make a save, ﬂying to a leader the group has, felt previous make me happy,” said Schisel. “That would like Superman over his handlebars into a efforts to establish a bike polo league were be excellent.” double somersault on the grass. too exclusive. The biggest challenge Boise Bike Polo “Four years of gymnastics,” he shouted “A big thing for me is getting new people faces is ﬁnding a suitable location, both for as he jumped back to his feet. He said it to show up,” said Schisel. again after a similar tumble several minutes the tournament and for future regular games. To do so, Schisel wants to put a face “We really need to ﬁnd another place later but not as gleefully. on the sport locally through outreach and similar to what we have,” said Schisel. Besides raising the citywide visibility for higher-proﬁle events. The biggest of those “This is a regular event, so we need to have their sport—something important not just will be the region’s ﬁrst tournament, set for a spot that won’t be reserved.” to get new June 17-19. Schisel said it’s also important for the players but It will be spot to be centrally located. The team has also to help an open, or the team ﬁnd tried to scrimmage at the Eagle Velodrome “throw-in,” but players had difﬁculty making it there. a new spot enrollment, as For the tournament, the team is looking to play once part of the inthe construc- into the Boise Armory and several other locaaugural Pedal tions, but Schisel said any municipal property tion for For the People Whole Foods will require insurance and many also require bike festival. rental fees the team doesn’t yet have. claims the Anyone can “The face of Boise Bike Polo isn’t big concrete slab sign up, and enough to get sponsors to write a check they curteams will yet,” he said. rently play form on the But the key word there for Schisel on—they’re spot for each is “yet.” hoping the round. Points This tournament could be the thing that tournament a player turns all that around. will boost scores travel And though Schisel feels the tournament Boise Bike with them For more information, visit boisebikepolo.com. will be good for the attention it brings Polo’s status through the to Boise Bike Polo and the local cycling enough that tournament to community as a whole, that’s not his only the League determine the motivation. of Bike Polo, the website listing teams and overall winner. “I’m mostly excited to see how we places to play worldwide that functions as Another difference Schisel introduced do when we get an inﬂux of new players,” a de facto governing body, will decide to from earlier Boise Bike Polo gatherings is place the Northwest regional championship he said. that the game has moved from the grass of Andrew Little, another player, agrees. in Boise next year. Camel’s Back Park to a large concrete slab “There’s a lot of good strategy, and I’d like “It’s a lot more central location than located in front of the Civic Plaza Apartto see how we match up against other teams having it in Seattle or Portland, Ore.,” said ments on Front Street. On a hard court, the in the region,” he said. Schisel. “They want us to host a couple of game is faster and occasionally dangerous. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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NOT GETTING DERAILLEURED THIS TIME Trying to learn the nuts and bolts of bike repair JOSH GROSS I love my bicycle. It’s a bright orange Cannondale cross bike with 18 speeds, Tiagra shifters and an aluminum frame. I ride it everywhere. Boise Bicycle Project’s Marc Orton shares his intimate knowledge of bicycle anatomy. In fact, I ride so much that even after a year at Boise Weekly, my co-workers are still surprised to learn I own a car. that we had just done a superﬁcial tune-up. A worn brake pads. But I don’t ﬁx my own bike. Never have. I real tune-up, he said, can often cost more than But when we got to the chain, I started can change a tire in a pinch, but when it comes a new bike, and it won’t always get the bike to regret my decision. Not only because the to lubing a chain or tuning a derailleur, I take back to 100 percent. chain lube was soiling my ﬁngers, but because it to the shop with a rotating cast of excuses: I Due to the cost, I didn’t replace my chain or we had reached the phase of learning things I don’t own tools, I’m short on time, it’s better sprockets. Still, my bike is back to riding like a don’t want to know. for the economy to pay someone else to do it. dream and doing the repairs was much easier “Your chain is pretty much shot,” Orton Plus, based on some of my foolish youthful than I expected. Altogether, the tune-up only told me. Which, he went on to say, meant my attempts to ﬁx things, I’m pretty sure I have took about an hour and a half, far less than sprockets were also shot. Total cost for new the ability to make a nut and bolt explode. the three days I once spent trying to replace a parts: $80. I feared that my hawg may be on However, being a bike person, I feel like I motorcycle part. its last legs. should at least know how to ﬁx my bike, even If I paid myself $10 hour, I’d still be far But then Orton quickly told me not to if only to eliminate the secret guilt or to better ahead of the $40-$70 cost of a tune-up at a worry too much. participate in conversations about gear ratios “The beauty of a bike is you can ride it even shop, even with the purchase of new brake at parties. That’s why every year I say I’ll learn. pads. But without Orton, it’s unlikely my bike when it’s broken,” he said, and we moved on And like so many New Year’s resolutions, I to the complicated task would be riding much better at all. He’s been promptly don’t. doing this all day, every day for four years. of truing the rims. But this spring, Tuning up my bike up myself every six months, “Wheels are the staring down the barFor more information, visit boisebicycleproject.org. it could take me until 10 minutes after never to clitoris of the bicycle,” rel of both a horrible get up to speed. Orton said. knocking noise from Before I left, I asked Orton why people It’s a delicate promy bike’s crank and should learn to ﬁx their own bikes. cess of adjustment, turning screws back and the unexpected ﬁnancial strain of a speeding “It’s mostly for people who are interested forth to bend my rim into its proper shape. ticket, I decided to ﬁnally make this the year Orton said it took him more than a dozen tries in repairing things,” he said. “But that’s the and headed to Boise Bicycle Project. to get it right, but I was taking to it right away. beauty of a bike shop. If you’re not interested, The ﬁrst thing BBP Shop Coordinator drop it off and they’ll do it for you.” Marc Orton showed me was the A-B-C-quick If that’s true, it was purely by accident. When that annual clanking noise starts up After that, he showed me how to adjust check: air, brakes, chain, quick-release. We again around October, I guess I’ll ﬁnd out how my derailleur and tighten my headset and we checked the tire pressure and realigned the were done. As we cleaned up, Orton explained interested I am. brakes relatively easily. We also replaced
LISTINGS/REC Register FIFTH ANNUAL BIKE RIDE— Register online at bluecirclesports.com through race day for this 28-mile bike ride on the scenic Weiser River Trail to be held on Saturday, June 4, at 8 a.m. $40. COYOTE CLASSIC—Register online at spondoro.com through Saturday, May 14, for this ninth annual dirt-track ﬁvemile race that starts at Avimor Drive off Highway 55. Visit knobbytireseries.com for more info. $10-$55.
RIDE AND SEEK FUNDRAISER—Register online at bluecirclesports.com through Thursday, May 12, for this scavenger hunt to be held Saturday, May 14, at noon. See Picks, Page 18. $3-$5. Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway. USA CYCLING TIME TRIAL RACE AND BIKE FESTIVAL— Register online at sportsbaseline.com or idahottfestival. com/register for time trial events to be held Thursday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13. Call 208-284-9671 for more info. $10-$65.
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BASIC BIKE RIDING SKILLS CLINIC—Visit idahobikeracing. com for more info. Wednesday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $10. Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds), 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.
CRITERIUM TRAINING SERIES—The Southwest Idaho Cycling Association presents this training series in cooperation with Team Bob’s Bicycles, Boise VeloWomen/ Team Ridgeline, and Rock and Road Cycling. Points are awarded to the racer in each SWICA category for overall ﬁnish position. Series champions will be tracked using SWICA BAR Series points. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m. $8 ﬁrst race, $5 second race.
WHEELS FOR MEALS FUN RIDE—Check in at 9 a.m., ride begins at 11 a.m. To beneﬁt Meals on Wheels. Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. $20. High Desert Harley Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208-338-5599, highdeserthd. com.
DONNIE MAC DUMP LOOP RIDE—Group ride to Seaman’s Gulch and back through town to Donnie Mac’s. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008, donniemacgrub.com. WOMEN’S SHOP RIDES— No-drop ride that starts at George’s Front St. store at on Thursdays. 6 p.m. FREE. George’s Cycles, 251 E. Front St., Ste. 100, Boise, 208-343-3782. georgescycles. com.
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FORAGING FOR FOOD Have a hoot in Hyde Park at the Morning Owl Farm Market.
Going local is not as simple as it sounds GUY HAND
WELCOME B29 STREATERY AND MORNING OWL MARKET Brick 29 is trucking along with its new mobile food cart, B29 Streatery. The punlicious truck made its ofﬁcial debut at the Meridian Urban Market on May 5, serving grilled cheese with barbecue pulled pork, garlic aioli and deep-fried monterey jack, and chile relleno with roasted poblano pepper, monterey jack, egg white tempura and tomatillo salsa in honor of Cinco de Mayo. For updates on where you can ﬁnd the B29 Streatery truck, follow it on Facebook or Twitter at @B29Streatery. In other food stand news, Morning Owl Farm launched its own Saturday market last weekend in the courtyard of Dunia Marketplace in Hyde Park. “We had participated in the downtown market several years and absolutely love that market … the problem for us has always been the challenge of hours because we’re a very small farm—it starts too late for us.” The Morning Owl Farm Market will run every Saturday through October, rain or shine, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 1609 N. 13th St. It will offer a seasonal selection of fresh produce from its organic farm, veggie starts, duck eggs, an array of quack quiches and hot duck egg beignets with local honey. “We’re going to have our beignet booth so people can wander over from the North End and bike over and get hot beignets,” said Morning Owl Farm owner Mary Rohlfing. “And I’m totally stoked about this: I’m doing a chicory coffee blend—which is really a New Orleans thing. That’s what you want with your beignets; you’ve got to have chicory coffee. I wasn’t able to do that at Capital City Public Market easily because of the competition with the coffeeshops … Even in the North End, we don’t want to step on Java’s toes and I hardly think we are. We’re just offering something no other coffeeshop even offers.” In brews news, American Craft Beer Week will run from Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22. Spots like Bittercreek Ale House, Brewer’s Haven, Bar Gernika, The Front Door and Brewforia in Meridian and Bown Crossing will feature suds from breweries across Idaho. Speaking of Brewforia, its BODO Craft Brewers Festival on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15 has been relocated to its Meridian store and is now called Brewforiafest Craft Brewers Festival. The event will feature 100 beers from the Paciﬁc Northwest and prices are $15 a day in advance or $20 day of. For more info, visit brewforia.com. —Tara Morgan
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Say you’re sitting on the sunny patio of a local restaurant during the height of tomato season. So, of course, you order a tomato salad. But what arrives is not so much a plate of tomatoes as ghostly impostors, soulless industrial tomatoes with less ﬂavor than a napkin. You look across the street—a literal tomato’s toss away—at a yard full of juicy Brandywines, Yellow Boys and Black Krims and you can’t help but wonder, maybe out loud, why it’s so damned hard for a restaurant to get local tomatoes in August. Well, because it’s hard to get local food into local restaurants. Despite the sometimes ridiculously short distances between great food and a restaurant’s patio, it takes a surprising amount of time, money and passion to put the two together. Matt Fuxan knows how hard it is. He’s on his iPhone early on a Monday morning in an attempt to ﬁnd some particular local produce. “I’m looking for info on rhubarb,” he says to a farmer’s answering machine. “If you have that as an option this season, give me a call.” An employee of the adjoining Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House restaurants in downtown Boise, Fuxan is doing what few restaurant procurers do: He’s ordering food directly from local producers. He even has a job title seldom uttered outside locavore hotbeds like the Bay Area: local food forager. “A forager is somebody who goes out and looks for food,” Fuxan says. “That’s constantly what I’m doing in the Treasure Valley—looking for what’s growing, what’s locally available, what’s grown in an organic way and what we can use in our restaurant.” In addition to rhubarb, Fuxan has feelers out for the season’s ﬁrst asparagus. “We’re sort of like hyper geeky about being the ﬁrst with a certain product,” he says. “And on the other side of that, our chefs and cooks are itching to get some new product in here because we’ve been dealing with onions and potatoes and root crops for three or four months.” Seasonal variability is perhaps the most obvious hurdle a local food restaurant must jump. It requires a customer base that appreciates the virtues of rutabagas in winter and rhubarb in spring, but it also requires an endless behind-the-scenes search for the next fresh thing. Few restaurants have the time or ﬂexibility to indulge in Fuxan’s kind of food-induced scavenger hunting. Even Red Feather and Bittercreek must stock half of their larders with wares from national food-service companies that source meat and produce from all over
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the world, store it in vast warehouses, then ship it via complex networks directly to a restaurant’s back door—kind of like the FedEx of food. They’re fast, efﬁcient and deliver a varied array of products with a single phone call, including, at times, a limited amount of local food. But that one-stop shopping often leads to restaurants stuffed with industrial tomatoes, tasteless strawberries and factory feedlot meat. That specter keeps Fuxan on the move this Monday morning, checking inventory, making calls and running through a warren of rooms above and beneath Bittercreek—a job that seems tailor-made for a guy who also runs marathons in his bare feet. “Hey, Karen,” he says into the phone while dodging into and out of a freezer. “Let me do two buckets of fromage blanc and eight logs of plain chevre.” While an average restaurant might work with two or three food-service providers, Fuxan says he deals with a motley crew of 30 to 40 local farmers, ranchers, cheesemakers and vintners as well. “That seems like 30 or 40 times more complicated than just going with a food-service company,” I yell at Fuxan’s back as we race down a narrow hallway. “I don’t see dealing with 30 producers as a problem,” Fuxan says without turning. “I feel like I’m really fortunate to be able to have those relationships.” Like most advocates of fresh, seasonal food, Fuxan sees the local food movement as not only a way to snag great tomatoes but a way to feed local economies, improve nutrition and wean agriculture itself from its addiction to fossil fuels. Fuxan checks out a room full of produce, then slows just long enough to contemplate a thought. “But if looking at it purely with a business mind, it really could be frustrating and it might be a hard sell to a restaurateur to do it this way,” he says.
That’s because it costs restaurants time and money to put local food on the menus—and Red Feather and Bittercreek’s use of 50 percent local food is far above the norm. “The challenge that we’re coming to is that everything costs a little more across the board because we’re using more and more local products,” Fuxan says. “At a certain point, you have to just stop, look at your menu and say, ‘Does this work or are we pricing ourselves out?’” Andrea Maricich—who, with husband Mitchell, owned the former MilkyWay and Tapas Estrella and who now owns the new Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery—says price is a big issue but only one of many barriers to local food. Regulations that favor corporate purveyors over backyard growers are also a problem. “I think it’s silly I can’t bring my chicken eggs in here,” Maricich says. “I have seven chickens at home and they produce amazing eggs. There’s no salmonella, yet the USDA says I can’t bring eggs into my restaurant.” Nor can a restaurant use locally grown meat and poultry unless it’s been inspected by a small handful of often expensive and distant government approved facilities—a perennial problem for the local food movement. Even when it comes to garden-fresh tomatoes, which, like other fruits and vegetables, don’t have to be legally inspected, Maricich says regulators often have an institutional mindset favoring restaurants that source produce from those large food service companies. “When you apply for your health permit, they ask, ‘Who are you buying your produce from?’ And they want to hear an FSA [Food Services of America] or Sysco.” Maricich also echoes a concern that many other restaurateurs mention. “I think that the biggest hurdle is helping ﬁgure out a way to help the small farmers grow a little bit,” Maricich says. 35 Larger local farms would help supWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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ply the volume restaurants need while lowering prices. Former chefturned-farmer Chris Florence of Sweet Valley Organics in Emmett has experienced the local food movement from both restaurant kitchen and farm ﬁeld. He thinks many of the myriad problems that face the movement will fade as it gains popularity. He saw it happen in the Bay Area, where he got his culinary education, and believes he’s seeing it happen here in Southern Idaho. “Once people are committed to buying from local guys and supporting us, we can get big enough so that the economy of scale works and our prices start to go down. And that’s really the crux of the issue,” Florence says. In the last few years, Florence thinks the Treasure Valley has hit a critical mass. As more people support the concept of local food, farmers can respond by growing more and moving beyond the local food beachheads of farmers’ markets into more mainstream restaurants and other institutions. “Our business plan over the next two to three years is to meet those demands,” Florence says. “We understand that when the customer comes into a restaurant, they don’t care if something bad happened on your farm and you don’t have lettuce that day. They want a salad and it’s up to us to provide that. So we are taking all of the steps that we can to streamline our farm, make it more efﬁcient and produce more of the things we know restaurants are looking for.” To remain relevant, Florence thinks the local food movement has to become a bigger part of America’s overall food system. “It’s up to us to make the case. It’s up to the locals to make the case,” Florence says. “It’s not about just being idealistic anymore. It’s about putting the sweat and the blood into it to create what we want to see.” 34
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): The 16th century English writer John Heywood was a prolific creator of epigrams. I know of at least 20 of his proverbs that are still invoked, including “Haste makes waste,” “Out of sight, out of mind,” “Look before you leap,” “Beggars shouldn’t be choosers,” “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and “Do you want to both eat your cake and have it, too?” I bring this up, Aries, because I suspect you’re in a Heywoodian phase of your longterm cycle. In the coming weeks, you’re likely to unearth a wealth of pithy insights and guiding principles that will serve you well into the future. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “If you wish to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe,” said astronomer Carl Sagan in his book Cosmos. In other words, the pie can’t exist until there’s a star orbited by a habitable planet that has spawned intelligent creatures and apples. A lot of preliminaries have to be in place. Keep that in mind, Taurus, as you start out down the long and winding path toward manifesting your own personal equivalent of the iconic apple pie. In a sense, you will have to create an entire world to serve as the womb for your brainchild. To aid you in your intricate quest, make sure to keep a glowing vision of the prize always burning in the sacred temple of your imagination. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’ll quote Wikipedia: “Dawn should not be confused with sunrise, which is the moment when the leading edge of the sun itself appears above the horizon.” In other words, dawn comes before the sun has actually shown itself. It’s a ghostly foreshadowing— a pale light appearing out of nowhere to tinge the blackness. Where you are right now, Gemini, is comparable to the last hour before the sunrise. When the pale light first appears, don’t mistake it for the sun. Wait until you can actually see the golden rim rising. CANCER (June 21-July 22): When some readers write to me, they address me as “Mr. Brezsny.” It reminds me of what happens when a check-out clerk at Whole Foods calls me “sir”: I feel as if I’ve been hit in the face with a cream pie—like someone is bashing my breezy, casual selfimage with an unwelcome blast of dignity and decorum. So let’s get this straight, people: I am not a mister, and I am not a sir. Now, as for your challenges in the coming week, Cancerian: I expect that you, too, may feel pressure to be overly respectable, uncomfortably formal, excessively polite and in too much control. That would be pushing you in a direction opposite to the one I think you should go.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): At one point in the story Alice in Wonderland, a large talking bird known as the Dodo organizes a race with unusual rules. There is no single course that all the runners must follow. Rather, everybody scampers around wherever he or she wants and decides when to begin and when to end. When the “race” is all over, of course, it’s impossible to sort out who has performed best, so the Dodo declares everyone to be the winner. I encourage you to organize and participate in activities like that in the coming weeks, Leo. It’s an excellent time to drum up playful victories and easy successes not only for yourself, but for everyone else, too. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In his book The Rough Guide to Climate Change, Bob Henson talks about the “five places to go before global warming messes them up.” One such beautiful spot is Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Vast swatches of its trees are being ravaged by hordes of pine beetles, whose populations used to be kept under control by frigid winters before the climate began to change. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Switzerland’s Alpine glaciers are among the other natural beauties that are rapidly changing form. I suggest that you apply this line of thought to icons with a more personal meaning, Virgo. Nothing stays the same forever, and it’s an apt time in your astrological cycle to get all you can out of useful and wonderful resources that are in the midst of transformation. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): There’s not a whole lot of funny stuff reported in the Bible, but one notable case occurred when God told Abraham that he and his wife Sarah would finally be able to conceive their first child. This made Abraham laugh out loud, since he was 99 years old at the time and Sarah was 90. It may have been a while since God has delivered any humorous messages to you, Libra, but my sense is that She’s gearing up for such a transmission even as we speak. To receive this cosmic jest in the right spirit, make sure you’re not taking yourself too damn seriously. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): No one in history has ever drunk the entire contents of a regulationsize ketchup bottle in less than 39 seconds. So says the Guinness Book of World Records. However, I believe it’s possible that a Scorpio daredevil will soon break this record. Right now, your tribe has an almost supernaturally enormous power to rapidly extract the essence of anything you set your mind to extracting. You’ve got the instincts of a vacuum cleaner. You’re an expert
at tapping into the source and siphoning off exactly what you need. You know how to suck—in the best sense of that word—and you’re not shy about sucking. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “I’m not superstitious,” said Michael Scott, the former boss on the TV show The Office. “I’m just a little stitious.” From my perspective, Sagittarius, you shouldn’t indulge yourself in being even a little stitious in the coming weeks. You have a prime opportunity to free yourself from the grip of at least some of your irrational fears, unfounded theories and compulsive fetishes. I’m not saying that you suffer from more of these delusions than any of the rest of us. It’s just that you now have more power than the rest of us to break away from their spell. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In Plato’s Republic, Socrates speaks derisively about people who are eu a-mousoi, an ancient Greek term that means “happily without muses.” These are plodding materialists who have no hunger for inspiration and no need of spiritual intelligence. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you can’t afford to be eu a-mousoi in the coming weeks. Mundane satisfactions won’t be nearly enough to feed your head and heart. To even wake up and get out of bed each morning, you’ve got to be on fire with a shimmering dream or a beautiful prospect. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In his Book of Imaginary Beings, Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges reports the following: “Chang Tzu tells us of a persevering man who after three laborious years mastered the art of dragonslaying. For the rest of his days, he had not a single opportunity to test his skills.” I bring this to your attention because my reading of the astrological omens suggests that you, too, may be in training to fight a beast that does not exist. Luckily, you’re also in an excellent position to realize that fact, quit the unnecessary quest, and redirect your martial energy into a more worthy endeavor. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Want to see a rabbit chase a snake up a tree? Go watch this video on YouTube: tinyurl.com/ bunnywhipssnake. If for some reason you don’t have access to YouTube, then please close your eyes and visualize a cute bunny harassing a 6-foot-long snake until it slithers madly away and escapes up a tree. Once you have this sequence imprinted on your mind’s eye, I hope you will be energized to try a similar reversal in your own sphere. Don’t do anything stupid, like spitting at a Hell’s Angel in a biker bar. Rather, try a metaphorical or psychological version.
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ot summer days and comfort don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Thanks to modern air conditioning, they go together like lemonade and ice cubes. But with air conditioners in more than two of every three American homes, some cool and some notso-cool facts have emerged. For instance, did you know that U.S. air conditioners provide enough cold air to produce 16 trillion ice cubes a year or that they use about 5% of all the electricity produced in the U.S.? Would you guess that they cost homeowners over $11 billion, and result in roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide being released into the air each year? No one wants to go back to the “good old days” where perspiration was the only answer to a heat wave, but it’s possible to stay cool and beat the heat while using energy efﬁciently. Keep three key principles in mind: Work with your body, maintain and use equipment wisely, and keep the heat outside and the cool indoors. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Work With Your Body UÊ ÀÊÜ>ÌiÀ° Keep a steady supply of cold water while keeping the fridge closed by freezing a glass or plastic bottle halffull. Take it out and add more water, reﬁlling it for as long as the ice holds out. When it’s empty, reﬁll it halfway and put it back in the freezer. UÊ ÀiÃÃÊÀÊÕ`ÀiÃÃ®ÊvÀÊÌ iÊ i>Ì° Wear light colors to reﬂect light and heat, choose natural fabrics (cotton, silk, linen) rather than polyester and rayon, and wear less clothing at home. UÊ/ÕÀÊÊÌ ÃiÊv>Ã° Air movement across the skin causes evaporation and makes you feel an average of 4°F cooler
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than the air temperature. So when you do use the air conditioner, leave fans running in occupied rooms. The air circulation makes the room feel cooler and lets you save energy by setting your thermostat higher without sacriﬁcing comfort. Just remember that fans cool people and not air, so turn them off when you leave a room. >Ì>Ê>`Ê1ÃiÊ µÕ«iÌÊ7ÃiÞ UÊ iVÊÌ iÊ>ÀÊV`ÌiÀÊVÃ° The unit won’t work efﬁciently unless the coils are clean and straight, so check them out every spring. Carefully straighten any bent ﬁns with a plastic spatula or call a service person to repair them. If they’re dusty, dirty, or clogged with leaves, vacuum them with a household vacuum cleaner. UÊ iVÊÞÕÀÊwÌiÀÊViÊ>ÊÌ Ê`ÕÀ}ÊÌ iÊ V}ÊÃi>Ã° Hold it up to bright light—if you can’t see through it, it’s time to clean or replace it. A clogged ﬁlter causes your system to use up to 5% more energy than a clean one. UÊ-iÌÊÞÕÀÊ>ÀÊV`ÌiÀÊÌÊÌ iÊ`iÃÀi`Ê Ìi«iÀ>ÌÕÀi when you turn it on. Choosing a colder setting won’t cool the room faster, but it will waste energy when you forget to turn it back up. UÊ1ÃiÊÛiÌÃÊ>`ÊiÝ >ÕÃÌÊv>Ã to pull heat and moisture from the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. UÊ Ý«iÀiÌÊÜÌ Ê>ÊiiÀ}ÞÊivwViÌÊ ÃÕiÀÊÌi«iÀ>ÌÕÀiÊvÊÇnc°ÊYou can save about 3 percent on your cooling bill for each degree you raise your thermostat. UÊ*>ViÊ>«Ã]Ê/6ÊÃiÌÃÊÀÊÌ iÀÊ i>Ì«À `ÕV}Ê>««>ViÃÊ>Ü>ÞÊvÀÊÌ iÊÌ iÀ ÃÌ>Ì so your air conditioner doesn’t run longer than it needs to.
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